Updated: February 21, 2020 11:21:42 am
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Waris Pathan has issued a clarification saying his “15 crore can outweigh the 100” remark has been quoted “out of context” and that neither he nor his party supports anything that “creates a divide between people.” A video of the remark made during an anti-CAA rally in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi region on February 15 went viral yesterday.
In a media statement, Pathan wrote, “I am a proud Indian and respect the plurality of this country. But yes, I am angry just like many other Indians, who believe in the Constitution of this country, the sheer neglect by the Govt in addressing the issues concerning CAA/NRC and NPA against which people have been protesting across the country in a democratic way.”
Addressing the crowd in Kalaburagi, Pathan purportedly said, “…Ikattha hoke chalna padega, azadi leni padegi aur jo cheez mangne se nahin milti, usko chhin ke lena padega yeh bhi yaad rakhna…humko bola ma-behno ko aage bhej diya…abhi toh sirf sherniya bahar nikli hain aur tumhare paseene chhoot gaye, samajh lo agar hum log saath mein aa gaye toh kya hoga, 15 crore hain lekin 100 ke upar bhari hain, yaad rakh lena yeh baat (We have to take freedom, and when you don’t get something by asking for it, you have to snatch it…they said we put the women in front…only the tigresses came out and you have started sweating…imagine what would happen if all of us came along…we are 15 crore but weigh heavy on 100 crore).”
#WATCH AIMIM leader Waris Pathan: …They tell us that we’ve kept our women in the front – only the lionesses have come out&you’re already sweating. You can understand what would happen if all of us come together. 15 cr hain magar 100 ke upar bhaari hain, ye yaad rakh lena.(15.2) pic.twitter.com/KO8kqHm6Kg
— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2020
In the statement, Pathan also added that the remark has been quoted “out of context” by the media. “I hereby wish to reiterate that I can never say anything intentionally or unintentionally that hurts the sentiments of any caste, community or gender. Neither me nor my party supports anything that creates a divide between people. Jai Hind.”
Slamming the remarks, the BJP’s Karnataka unit tweeted, “Hiding behind children and women, legends are seeking ‘Azadi.’ What more Azadi do they want? Aren’t they enjoying every kind of Azadi since 1947? Waris Pathan and other leaders of AIMIM should come out of their Aurangzeb’s World. These threats don’t work in NewIndia.”
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