Muslim Cleric Lashes Out At Maharashtra CM Over ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ Remark

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Updated on 1 Sep, 2017 at 6:19 pm

Umer Ahmed Ilyasi has slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister for his remark that those having reservations to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ shouldn’t live in the country.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on April 3 said: “Some people say we will not say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai.’ Then what? Pakistan ki jai or China ki jai? If you want to live in this country then you have to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai,’ otherwise you have no right to live here.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis economictimes

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis economictimes

However, his comments soon came in the line of fire and chief imam of the All India Imam Organisation (AIIO), Umer Ahmed Ilyasi cticised him for his remarks.



The Congress also slammed Fadnavis and the BJP for appropriating ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and creating a “false sense of national identity.”

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The debate around chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai’ got escalated further on April 1 with Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband issuing a fatwa against chanting of the slogan.


On this, minister of state for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said denying people to chant “Bharat Mata ki jai” slogan amounted to insulting the freedom fighters.