Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said if we do not say “Bharat Mata ki Jai” in India, would it be said in Pakistan or China.
At a Nashik rally on the first day of the state executive meeting, Fadnavis reignited the ongoing nationalism debate with adequate reference to AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi who has declared he would not say “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
He also took a jibe against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s politics of supporting students who were criticising the country.
“It makes me wonder where are we heading? Why should I feel ashamed of saying “Bharat Mata ki Jai” in my own country,” he said.
“There is still a dispute over saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and those opposing to say it, should not have any right to stay in India. Those living here should say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai,” Fadnavis said at a public meeting.
A day after RSS leader Bhaiyyaji Joshi raked up ‘the Vande Mataram should be the national anthem’ controversy, Fadnavis said, “We are open to criticism against the BJP. But not against country.”