"We do not interfere in religious practices in Bihar"

Patna : Dubbing "Yogi Model" for loudspeaker removal from religious places as nonsense, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said we do not interfere in religious practices in the state.

The remark of Nitish Kumar came close on the heels of demands made by the state unit of the BJP leaders for following the “Yogi model” of Uttar Pradesh where loudspeakers have been removed from Mosques and temples and other  places of worship, citing health hazards posed by high decibel sounds.

Brushing aside the demands of the BJP leaders, Nitish Kumar said there is no need to talk nonsense. He said some people think it is their business to make a fuss and they keep doing it.

The Chief Minister ridiculed the removal of loudspeakers and banning its use at places of worship and branded the step as well as the demands for following the footsteps of Yogi Model as rubbish saying that everyone has the right in Bihar to follow the religion of their choice and no one interfere into it.

The loudspeaker row has created a verbal duel between the leaders of JD(U) and BJP as some of the BJP leaders were demanding implementation of Yogi model regarding loudspeaker in Bihar.  

Reacting to it JD(U) parliamentary board chairman Upendra Kushwaha had said that removal of loudspeakers from temples and mosques would propagate wrong message and would disturbe the social harmony. On the issue of implementation of Yogi model in Bihar he said that there was no need of it as Nitish Kumar was already performing well in the state.

Meanwhile even without taking name of any JD(U) leader, BJP state spokesperson Dr Ram Sagar Singh suggested not to judge loudspeaker issue in political perspective and added that only the order of the Supreme Court has been implemented in UP. He claimed those who do not implement the Apex Courts verdict were on wrong foot.

The BJP spokesperson said that  loudspeaker has been removed from temples and mosques both in Uttar Pradesh and has not disturb the communal harmony there. 

Demanding to implement it in Bihar  he said it would save the people from noise pollution as any noise above 85 decibel has harmful effect and if anyone listen the sound above 100 decibel for 15 minutes, the person may loose hearing capacity. He further said that if the sound is above 110 decible the person may lose the hearing capacity after listening to it only for 1.5 minutes. Dr Singh said that keeping in mind the impact of noise pollution the loudspeakers should be banned in Bihar.

It may be recalled that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has removed over 11,000 loudspeakers from religious places - including temples, mosques, gurudwaras - while the volume of another 35,000 loudspeakers has been lowered to the permissible levels. Mathuras Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi was the first one to remove its loudspeakers as it had decided not to broadcast its Mangalacharan Aarti via loudspeakers.

Meanwhile, a new set of guidelines regarding use of loudspeakers after violent clashes reported from several places  on the occasions of Ram Navami, as well as on Hanuman Jayanti.