Refusing to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is disrespect to Constitution: BJP

Bharat Mata ki Jai is not merely a slogan. It was a mantra of inspiration to countless freedom fighters during the independence struggle. It is the heartbeat of a billion people today.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2016 5:13 pm
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The political resolution adopted at the BJP National Executive kept the focus on nationalism, and emphasised that freedom of expression did not mean a right to seek the country’s destruction. The JNU row and the developments that followed occupied centrestage at the two-day deliberations.

“Freedom of expression and nationalism do necessarily co-exist. Constitution gives right on expressing dissent and disagreement, but not the country’s destruction… The ideology of nationalism guides our beliefs and philosophy,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who briefed reporters, said.

Asked whether the meeting also discussed the controversy over the slogan ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, Jaitley said the party believed it was an issue over which there should be no debate. The political resolution says: “Our constitution describes India as Bharat also, refusal to chant victory to Bharat is tantamount to disrespect to our Constitution itself. Bharat Mata ki Jai is not merely a slogan. It was a mantra of inspiration to countless freedom fighters during the independence struggle. It is the heartbeat of a billion people today. It is the reiteration of our constitutional obligations as citizens to uphold its primacy.”

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It adds that the BJP wanted to make clear that it would “firmly oppose any attempt to disrespect Bharat, and weaken its unity and integrity”. Speaking at the National Executive on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged his party to grow like a shady banyan tree, and asked party workers not to be distracted by the “irrelevant” issue raked up by the Opposition.

“You have to view the party as a big banyan tree which has permanent deep roots and its branches provide shade to all kinds of people,” the Prime Minister said. He said the BJP’s membership had grown to more than 11 crore members, and the party should “expand horizontally with capacity-building among the members”, so that they could contribute to nation-building.

While party chief Amit Shah and the political resolution harped on the issue of nationalism, the Prime Minister kept the focus on development, which he said was the panacea for all the country’s problems, and should be the key mantra of the government and party.

Modi, according to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who briefed the media about the Prime Minister’s address, dwelt on the government’s work. Asked if he spoke on nationalism, Singh said, “He (Modi) said nationalism is our strength… We have always agitated on the issue of nationalism and moved forward. Time has now come for development. There is need for development.”

The Prime Minister asked party colleagues not to “engage in irrelevant issues”. “We should work on our agenda. Our rivals will try that we remain engaged in irrelevant issues and the government’s work is not discussed among the people,” he said.

Modi cautioned the party against those who he said did not appreciate the government’s “unprecedented” development initiatives. “They just want to rake up trivial issues to make things difficult for you. You should remain untouched by them,” he said.

“We should move ahead with one mantra: vikas, vikas, vikas. This is the answer to all our country’s problems, and we are working in this direction. Change is happening and the wheel of progress is moving fast. The party and government are working shoulder to shoulder.”

Modi asked the party should reach out to the people to talk about schemes like providing LPG connections to the poor, the district tribal fund, electrification of over 6,500 villages, disbursement of Mudra loans to lakhs of people, the green signal for kirana shops to be open all seven days until late at night, and the crop insurance scheme.
Citing how Mahatma Gandhi had linked the people’s issues to nation’s freedom movement, Modi asked his party workers to utilise the government’s schemes to reach out to people at the ground level.

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    Too
    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm
    We are honored and Admired with your work sir we love MODI TEAM and we will support all your work by VOTING BJP and we are extremely happy the way you work sir 60 years of loot from ONE FAMILY OF LOOTERS we LOVE BJP and TEAM MODI. AND I AM A BRAHMIN FILTH.
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      crickin
      Mar 20, 2016 at 9:20 pm
      u S(O)B without any com mon sense..blind bha kth.
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        crickin
        Mar 20, 2016 at 8:21 pm
        win gujurat in 2017 first. u cannot fool all the people all the time.
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          Bitter truth
          Mar 20, 2016 at 10:53 pm
          It's like black comedy for the 70% of the potion.
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            Have.it
            Mar 21, 2016 at 12:40 am
            My g MIDDLE FINGER TO YOU, BJP!!!
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              Hindu
              Mar 20, 2016 at 9:49 pm
              Brahmin COWards are provoking Muslims into violence. This is happening all over the country. The criminal cowardly idea behind it is to create war between Muslims and Hindus while the BRAHMIN BSTRDS SIT BACK RELAXED AND WATCH HINDUS AND MUSLIMS KILL AND BURN EACH OTHERS. INDO-ARYAN BARBARYANS HAVE MACRED PEOPLE USING SIMILAR STRATEGY ALL THROUGH THEIR HISTORY. BRAHMINS ARE CREATING A ARTIFICIAL HATRED BETWEEN HINDUS AND ALL OTHER RELIGIONS. THEY ARE USING ALL THE RESOURCES INCLUDING RAW (bRAWmin) AND IB(Iyer Bureau) TO ACHIEVE THAT. BRAHMINS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED IN ALL KEY POSITIONS INCLUDING DEFENSE AND POLICE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO CULL ANY REBELLION. NOTHING HAPPENS WITHOUT MODI's KNOWLEDGE. IT IS LIKE THE ENTIRE DEABLE BRAHMIN COMMUNITY TURNING AGAINST NATION. BRAHMINS ARE THE TRUE ANTI-NATIONALS, FOR SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROYING INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND INDIGENOUS INTELLECT AND THEY DON'T BELONG TO HINDUISM EVEN!
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                George Cruz
                Mar 21, 2016 at 12:36 am
                Wonder to which caste the so called barat mata belongs to. From the source of orchestration, it is clear that she is a brahmin casterated caste. So the Brahmin Jokers Party(BJP) should clarify that. She should not be treated as the mother of chanakya, the mythological first ever scoundrel character.
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                  Hari
                  Mar 20, 2016 at 5:39 pm
                  What is anti national? Looting the country through mega scams like 2G, Coalgate, etc., supporting terror elements like Afsal Guru, Yakub Memon, instigating traitors like Knahaiya at JNU to raise slogans against the nation, allowing illegal migrants from Bangladesh and turning them as terror elements and party votebank, bringing an Italian lady from questionable background - without any qualifications, and giving her the control of the nation, blocking the Parliament through muscle power - All these are certainly anti national acts. In short, present day Congress Party is anti national.
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                    Haradhan Mandal
                    Mar 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm
                    Hocus Focus and Bogus promises !
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                      Seshadri
                      Mar 20, 2016 at 8:36 pm
                      BAKWAS, BAKWAS, BAKWAS is what we are happening, Mr.MoDIOT!!
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                        George Cruz
                        Mar 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm
                        What the FK is Vikas?
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                          Srividya Jayaraman
                          Mar 21, 2016 at 11:34 am
                          Don't sit and cry like no job.
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                            Chandra Shekar
                            Mar 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm
                            Slogans mean nothing. A true patriot does not have to shout out slogans. It is the deeds that count not just words!
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                              Guru
                              Mar 21, 2016 at 12:08 am
                              So now Bharath and Bharath's Mata are the same eny? Why isn't it enough to say Jai Hind or Jai Bharath or even Bharath ki Jai? JetLi is not stupid he is just singing to the choir.
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                                Paul
                                Mar 21, 2016 at 12:23 am
                                Any one disrespecting the Indian Consution should be striped of his citizenship.
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                                  Paul
                                  Mar 21, 2016 at 12:29 am
                                  Many countries in Europe including Germany call their country the father land and Indians call their country Mother land translated it is Bharat Mata. Even the dim wits should have no problem understanding this.
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                                    MyTake
                                    Mar 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm
                                    Every one's concept of the outside world is molded by what one cultivates inside! Thanks for bringing in an example!
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                                    1. M
                                      MyTake
                                      Mar 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm
                                      Good Governance and delivery will definitely have an impact on people and if all the parameters are set right to compete on this then only those who can match the effort will be given the chance by the people. Changing a crime ridden society like that of Nehruvian will take time but someone at some stage will have to start it. PM Modi is the right person in right Moment in history to do this job and people just need to put their weight behind him.
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                                      1. M
                                        MyTake
                                        Mar 20, 2016 at 9:49 pm
                                        It's AK
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                                        1. M
                                          MyTake
                                          Mar 20, 2016 at 6:45 pm
                                          Once people successfully start focusing on progress and development one day people will come around and laugh at remembering the clashes of the equivalent of petty thieves in religion and politics on how they had the sole control on public "Ummah"! Modi Team is the right team to make changes in the way the public "Ummah" thinks and works in India!
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                                            MyTake
                                            Mar 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm
                                            True. Progress will settle everything else in their respective places without much of an effort and BJP will be put back to the helm. Letting people talk about what is good for them is the best way of doing politics. It is also true how to address mafias influence in politics - it is no secret how guns and bombs are used in Bengal politics. There has to be ways to address this sooner than later. If people lose the voice and the right to freely vote no amount goodwill on part of others can compensate this. Open threatening of a Congress man by TMC on Makda is a case in point.
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