The controversy related to chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ to prove one’s nationalism doesn’t seem to end.
Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah while referring People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, tweeted: It all started when AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi’s refused to chant the slogan. Taking a stern stand on it, Shiv Sena recently demanded revocation of citizenship and voting rights of those who refused to chant the slogan.
Criticizing Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Sena sought how Owaisi was allowed to leave the state after he refused to chant the pro-India slogan.
Police stand guard outside the residence of AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi in New Delhi. hindustantimes
In its editorial mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena said:
“Hardik Patel had by mistake disrespected the national flag and he was tried for sedition and is still in jail. Has Asaduddin Owaisi not committed treason as well by insulting mother India? The citizenship and voting rights of all those who do not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ should be revoked.”
Lashing out Owaisi, Sena said that the Muslim community has remained ‘backward’ due to the ideas propagated by people like him.
Al-Nasser Zakaria, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee’s spokesman, alleged that the Sena is only indulging in politics of hypocrisy.
He said that on one hand the Sena preaches patriotism lessons to others and on the other, indulges in massive corruption in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ruled by it. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson, Nawab Malik, said everybody may not agree with the views of the RSS and BJP. Malik said:
“The RSS and the BJP are portraying ‘Bharat Mata’ as a ‘devi’ (goddess) and are expecting all to chant slogans. Everybody may not want to subscribe to this. But, nobody would mind praising mother India.”
Malik said that they should first clear their stand on whom do they actually want all Indians to praise and then go around giving certificates of patriotism to others.