Tripura governor stokes fresh controversy by comparing Azaan with firecracker noise

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Tripura governor stokes fresh controversy by comparing Azaan with firecracker noise

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has triggered a fresh controversy with his remarks on social media by drawing a parallel between Azaan (call to prayers in a mosque) with the noise of firecrackers.

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has triggered a fresh controversy with his remarks on social media by drawing a parallel between Azaan (call to prayers in a mosque) with the noise of firecrackers.

Questioning those who complain of noise pollution due to firecrackers during Diwali, Roy on Tuesday tweeted, "Every Diwali, fights start over noise pollution from crackers. Crackers that are burst only a few days in a year. But no fight about azaan over loudspeakers at 4.30 AM!"

"Actually this silence of the 'secular' crowd over noise pollution by Azaan perplexes me. Loudspeakers are not prescribed in Quran or any Haadis", the veteran BJP leader went on to say.

Roy's comments come at a time when the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal has imposed restrictions on the bursting of firecrackers from 10 pm on the day of Diwali to 6 am the next morning.

Ever since the Supreme Court banned firecrackers in Delhi, Roy has vehemently opposed any restrictions on such Hindu festivals.

In a veiled attack on the court ruling, Roy had then said, "Not just firecrackers, someday the "award wapsi" brigade may even call for a ban on Hindu cremations on the pretext of air pollution", Roy tweeted on Tuesday.

Later speaking to India Today, he had clarified that as a practising Hindu, he was unhappy with the Supreme Court ruling as it deprived the community of an important aspect of celebrations.

Known for his hardline stance on several issues, the Tripura Governor had also courted controversy by terming Rohingya refugees "garbage".

"Neither any Islamic country nor Bangladesh accepts Rohingiyas. But India, the great Dharamshala, must. And if u say no, you're inhuman!" Roy had tweeted.

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