Former Law minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said that chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ in public is a matter of choice.
“It gives us pride when we sing national anthem, to see our flag, to say ‘Vande Matram’… Some people don’t want to do it, it’s their choice,” he said after addressing a conference on ‘Freedom of Speech and Expression in Universities’.
His remarks come in the wake of a controversy fuelled by AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi who said he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat.
Recently, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on March 3 made a call that the youth should be taught to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ to counter the wave of anti-nationalism.
Asked whether he might be booked for sedition for his remarks, Khurshid said the matter should be left for the courts to decide.
“The whole issue of sedition is becoming hotly debated. Let’s just leave it to the courts of the country to decide,” he said.