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Won’t chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, Owaisi tells Bhagwat; Shiv Sena says go to Pakistan

On March 3, Bhagwat had said the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: March 14, 2016 9:59 pm
AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi (Left) and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat (Right) AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi (Left) and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat (Right)

Rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion for infusing patriotism, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has said he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat, prompting Shiv Sena to tell him today he should go to Pakistan.

Owaisi’s assertion days after Bhagwat said the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India drew sharp condemnation from RSS, BJP and Shiv Sena while he stood by his statement made at a public rally.

“I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab,” the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad said at the rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district in Maharashtra on Sunday.

“I won’t utter that (slogan) even if you put a knife to my throat,” Owaisi said, amid loud applause from the crowd.

“Nowhere in the Constitution it says that one should say: ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’,” he said.

On March 3, Bhagwat had said the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India, comments which came against the backdrop of the row over alleged anti-India sloganeering on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus.

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“Now the time has come when we have to tell the new generation to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ (hail mother India). It should be real, spontaneous and part of all-round development of the youth,” the RSS chief had said.

Asked by reporters to comment on the condemnation of his statement, Owaisi said he stood by it, asserting there is no violation of any law or Constitution in what he said.

“Whom is he(Bhagwat) trying to frighten? He can’t force his ideology on others,” he said.

Senior Shiv Sena leader and minister Ramdas Kadam said Owaisi should go to Pakistan if he doesn’t want to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.

“I have asked Maharashtra government to take action against him,” Kadam said.

BJP leader and Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the local administration will examine Owaisi’s statement and the government will then take appropriate action.

Ratan Sharda, author and RSS ideologue, accused Owaisi of playing politics on national feelings and asked, “If you say I love my mother then what is the problem.”

BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh also accused Owaisi of trying to provoke nationalist sentiments, describing his statement as “highly condemnable”.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said statements like that made by Owaisi should be “completely avoided”.

Interestingly, Samajwadi Party MLA in Mumbai Abu Azmi said Owaisi should say ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’, but added that “parties like BJP and Shiv Sena are indulging in politics over the issue”.

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  1. A
    Mar 14, 2016 at 11:20 am
    Kyonki Khud he Apney ma Baal ka patta Nahi hai ...udhar ka dharam le kar chale hain siyasat karne....
    1. S
      Mar 14, 2016 at 2:41 pm
      Mr. Owaisi, by his utterances, is only harming the interests of his community. By repeatedly ranting on his challenge to RSS, he is increasing the polarization towards RSS. An important thread that binds the majority and minority is economic relations, and Owaisi's rantings can snap that delicate thread. Majority can subsute minority skills (e.g., technical skills, animal produce, fine textiles, leather work etc) with some effort, but can the minority do without majority (e.g. education, financial markets, commercial markets, farm produce, labour markets etc.) ? The example of floundering economy of Kashmir is before us ...
      1. C
        Chander Pal
        Mar 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm
        Of course only nationalists chant the Jai
        1. W
          Mar 14, 2016 at 10:41 pm
          Brahmins get up and they first day Bhrat Mata ki RAPE. Because his criminal mind has to work criminal for another 16 hours. Meanwhile for fun he FLIRTS WITH NON-BRAHMINS' AH. What bugger Bagwan Bagwat did is just that. For Brahmins his words are like ejaculation into their own mouth.
          1. B
            Mar 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm
            The reasoning is Muslims consider human being at the epitome of God's creation. Everything in this universe is created in service of the human being. So land, animals nature etc is a gift from God to serve the needs of the epitome of God's creation. Therefore to call nature or land or animal mother or father is to be ungrateful to God for the bounties he has placed in service of the human being
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