Now it’s Congress: Bharat Mata Ki Jai or else

Congress Joins NCP, BJP, Sena in Maharashtra to gang up, suspend Owaisi party MLA for refusing to say slogan in Assembly.

Written by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | Updated: March 17, 2016 8:00 am
I am willing to say Jai Hind. Object to being forced to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Pathan I am willing to say Jai Hind. Object to being forced to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Pathan

A fortnight after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi talked about “destroying relationships” in the name of the flag, his party hounded out an MLA for not saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

The Congress joined the BJP, NCP and Shiv Sena in the Maharashtra Assembly Wednesday to get AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan suspended. They backed a resolution moved by Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil, disapproving of Pathan’s behaviour and suspending him for the remainder of the Budget session.

At one point, cabinet minister and BJP leader Eknath Khadse said an apology from the AIMIM MLA would do but he was shouted down by Congress members who sought suspension of Pathan and were immediately backed by the NCP, BJP and Shiv Sena.

READ: Why AIMIM MLAs cut a lonely figure in the Assembly

Leader of Opposition and Congress MLA Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said: “If anybody insults national sentiments, it cannot be tolerated. I demand strong action against the member for insulting the country.”

Shiv Sena MLA Gulabrao Patil said, “Is desh mein rehna hai, kutton, toh Vande Mataram bolna hoga” (If you wants to stay in this country, dogs, you will have to say Vande Mataram.”

BJP members isolated Pathan (Byculla) and Imtiaz Jaleel (Aurangabad) — the two MLAs of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM — during the debate on the Governor’s address to the House and chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ near their seats.

Later, outside the House, Pathan protested his suspension: “I am willing to say Jai Hind. I love my country. My objection is why should someone put words in my mouth and make me say what they want. My objection is to their forcing me to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.”

“I have done no wrong. At least they should have allowed me to speak in the assembly before suspending me. It is undemocratic. I am an elected member. We respect rules and laws,” he said.

It all started when Jaleel, participating in the debate, argued that allocation of funds for memorials could be put to better use in works such as improving hospitals. At this point, Shiv Sena and BJP members said: “Don’t you respect patriots? First say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.”

When BJP’s Ram Kadam told the AIMIM MLAs to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Pathan protested: “I will not say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.”

This angered the other legislators. Congress and NCP members joined the BJP and Sena to demand action against Pathan. The din led to repeated adjournments.

Congress MLA Abdul Sattar, among the most vocal in the House, said: “The AIMIM politics is giving minorities a bad name across the country and outside. Their anti-national politics does not augur well for the community and can have far reaching implications on communal harmony.”

Minister Khadse said, “The stand taken by AIMIM Tuesday and in the state assembly today are the darkest days… How can you disrespect Mother India?”

NCP leader Jayant Patil also justified his party’s support for action against Pathan.

Reacting to the suspension of his party MLA, Owaisi told PTI: “This is for the first time in the history of Indian democracy that an elected member has been suspended for not raising a slogan… where in the Constitution is it written that an elected member will be suspended if he does not shout a slogan?”

He also slammed the Congress and NCP: “We are heading into an age of darkness. By supporting the suspension motion, Congress and NCP, who call themselves secular, have been completely exposed.”

Meanwhile, a private complaint was filed Wednesday in a Hyderabad court seeking direction to police to register a case against Owaisi over a speech where he said he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if a “knife is put to my throat”.

A PTI report said petitioner Sai Kumar Goud, a businessman, filed a complaint in the court of 20th Metropolitan Magistrate at Malkajgiri alleging that Owaisi’s speech was defamatory, and sought direction to police for registration of an FIR under IPC section 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc. and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony).

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  1. I
    indian
    Mar 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm
    Come on pseudos. Support one of your own kind
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      indian
      Mar 17, 2016 at 4:24 am
      Maharashtra congress are better than their child leader in Delhi. I wonder if newspapers will criticize them.
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        Bob
        Mar 17, 2016 at 4:10 am
        This is going overboard. No one should be forced to say anything . A person should be judged by what he says and what he does - not by what he does not say !
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          Ding Dong
          Mar 17, 2016 at 5:58 am
          Anyone who thinks that India is still intolerant is free to leave, what is stopping them? Dont keep barking. If India is an irredeemable intolerant the only rational thing is for those who believe that to leave asap for their own good.
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            Ding Dong
            Mar 17, 2016 at 5:53 am
            My mother only carried me in her womb and gave me genetic material. However the physical material all came from the land , waters and vegetation from this soil and it has been so for 1000s of years for my fore fathers. So my mother also is made of the same material that is India. So I cannot be insulting my mother when I praise mother India. If you dont agree you do not understand basic chemistry.
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            1. G
              Gass.em
              Mar 16, 2016 at 1:32 pm
              Undeterred by the holocaust of WWII, brahmins have taken all steps to bring upon them the holocaust. G 'em.
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              1. G
                Gone.With.The.
                Mar 16, 2016 at 10:23 pm
                BONKERS, JOKERS and PERVERTS(BJP). Let us enjoy the show.
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                  Firoz Alam
                  Jul 25, 2016 at 9:43 am
                  Save democracy, save India. Reject majoritarianism. Preserve India's long standing values of pluralism. Don't force your favoured words into another's mouth.
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                    True.Brahmin.Mata
                    Mar 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm
                    Takshashila was the birth place of mythological scoundrel character chanakya. That is an evidence of the path of migration of arya brahmins, scoudrels they too. It is said that chanakya himself wrote in his biography that he was born to a woman who was rescued from being raped by a per by. And as a reward to the rescuer, she submitted herself to him and the product was chanakya. That is in his own words, like father of all brahmins Subramanian Swamy claiming, proudly, that his mother does not even know who his father was/is/would be. Chanakya was such a scoundrel, even as a mythological character, that he is credited with poisoning the king over a long period and brahminically justifying that poisoning to develop immunity. Coming to the point, Brahmins are the real aliens to South Asia, not the Kashmere people. So all brahmins, reign in yourselves a Hitler will arise soon. It's just matter of time. IS IT TRUE THAT BARAT MATA IS ACTUALLY THE MOTHER OF CHANAKYA. Not a question though!
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                      Yours truly
                      Mar 17, 2016 at 2:24 am
                      Ofcourse we will say Bharat Mata ki jai... But Tomorrow RSS will ask to say Gau Mata ki jai.. Then will ask to say Ganga maiya ki jai.. Then Yamuna maiya ki jai.. Then Durga mata ki jai.. Then Saraswati mata ki jai.. Then laxmi mata ki jai.. ............. Contd Why they are forcing to say something.. Who are they.. And whaat they can do.. BJP and Shiv Shena have shown..
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                        Indian Hindu
                        Mar 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm
                        Owaisi and his ilk are hilarious. Last time the invaders held a sword on the neck of their fore-fathers - they immediately did khatna with their own hands and recited the kalma. I bet if someone actually holds a sword on his neck again, he will start singing aaratis and bhajans. These guys are just low-life cowards. Best to ignore them.
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                          Ajitdada
                          Mar 17, 2016 at 3:05 am
                          At least have some respect for those thousands who died for this nation while chanting "Bharat Mata Ki Jai". No one is forcing no one to say this BUT no one should offend by saying even I die I will not say Bharat Mata Ki Jai!
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                            BRAHMIN.SCOUNDREL
                            Mar 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm
                            PROUD TO BE A BRAHMINS SCOUNDREL.
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                              Keerthana
                              Mar 16, 2016 at 1:54 pm
                              It's strange that a country that fought for independence for 300 years on a slogan gas a problem with the same slogan. While everyone is enled to one's views, there is nothing to be achieved by abandoning every cherished ideal. It's not blind sloganeering or tokenism. Then why do we celebrate occasions with fufts and celebrate festivals and visit churches and mosques and temples? Can we say we have devotion and no one need celebrate festivals? Then many of our ideals will be list to time. Please make a visit to an army outpost in Kashmir. These 4 words boost the morale if soldiers and gives them a purpose for living. They are so inspired by the slogan it makes them embrace death to protect the country. Please don't politicise everytht. It's not about BJP and RSS. I think it's upholding what we have always considered sacred.
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                                Loveindra Chadha
                                Mar 17, 2016 at 5:42 am
                                I am sure a majority of people would understand what is Mother India or Bharat Mata to all Indians, I am sure in for the rest of the world their own country is their mother land. To the soil of India we have given the le of mother. No one can deny that Mother is the most important relation for every human being in the world. To call one's own country as Mother is like raising the respect to that level. I find no justification in people saying Bharat Mata Ki Jai, in any form they want to but the motherland needs to be respected by all countrymen Thanks
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                                  Michelle
                                  Mar 17, 2016 at 8:32 am
                                  SHAILENDRA,----then certainly your MAMIS,----CHACHIS,----and BHAABHIS must be from a different planet,----please check your DNA not related to ALLIENS of MARS,----stand in front of a mirror and see if you look like a ALLIEN from a different earth and planet
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                                    mohammad terrorist
                                    Mar 17, 2016 at 8:16 am
                                    muslim savages only suck the ducks of fake god allah ,they don't respect the land of any non Islamic nations ,they don't give a dam about the land that is sheltering them ,traitorship is their right to freedom
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                                      Paul
                                      Mar 17, 2016 at 1:20 am
                                      Congress MLA Abdul Sattar is a wise man and a patriot. Asaduddin Owaisi should be placed on notice. He should be offered an exit from India. He should go where ever he will be welcomed. He should be tried for treason and his citizenship revoked. India should not worry or bother about the international organization that wanted to come to India for investigating intolerance. Let them mind their business in their countries.
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                                        Paul
                                        Mar 17, 2016 at 1:25 am
                                        In any Muslim country if Asaduddin Owaisi had uttered such non sense about Islam or the country, his head would have been severed from his body long ago.
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                                          Paul
                                          Mar 17, 2016 at 1:04 am
                                          Some body should explain this that 'Jai Hind' is no different to 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'. The very fact he refuses to say 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' means that he does not w hearted subscribe to the idea of Jai Hind. He is anti-Indian and does not belong to this country. If he wants to be shipped out to anywhere, Saudi Arabia or anywhere else, I will pay for his travel expenses. In that very Muslim country he will be no body. He will never be a Saudi citizen. Vande Matram should be made compulsory in all schools including Madarssas. I am not an Indian but I love the Indian democracy and the rights it gives to all its citizens.
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                                            Paul
                                            Mar 16, 2016 at 2:06 pm
                                            This traitor should be declared non Indian. If he wants to go to stan, ship him.
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