NCP leader writes to Amit Shah to chant All Religions Prayer outside Prime Minister Modi’s residence

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party leader Fahmida Hasan Khan wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday asking for permission to sing prayers of all religions outside Prime Minister Modi’s residence.

“If Hindutva, Jainism rises for the benefit of the country to reduce inflation, unemployment, famine, I would like to do that,” Khan said.

Independent MP Navneet Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana had called for the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa outside the private residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray “Matoshree” in Mumbai, sparking angry protests from by Shiv Sainiks.

The couple were arrested on Saturday after which they were taken into custody for 14 days.

Mumbai Police have transferred Independent MP Navneet Rana to Byculla Women’s Prison, while her MP husband Ravi Rana has been taken to Taloja Prison in neighboring Navi Mumbai under tight security, an official said on Monday. .

Previously, a case had been filed against Ranas under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and carrying out acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 37(1) and 135 of the Bombay Police Act.

Later, the police also added IPC 124-A (sedition) in the case against them.

Under Section 124-A of the IPC, the offense of sedition is committed when a person, by word or otherwise, induces or attempts to induce hatred or contempt, or incites or attempts to incite disaffection with the government established by law.

Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on Sunday called the Rana couple’s arrest “appropriate”.

Police had also arrested 13 Shiv Sena workers on Sunday for allegedly protesting outside Ranas’ Khar residence on Saturday. The party workers were later released on bail, police said earlier.

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2022, 11:41 a.m. IST

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