‘Constitution Zindabad, Allahu Akbar’: Two MPs’ response to Vande Mataram slogans in Lok Sabhahttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/shafiqur-rahman-barq-vande-matarm-islam-owaisi-parliament-oath-taking-17th-lok-sabha-5786746/

‘Constitution Zindabad, Allahu Akbar’: Two MPs’ response to Vande Mataram slogans in Lok Sabha

Slogans of Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram were also raised in the Lok Sabha as AIMIM MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi came to take his oath. He concluded his oath with "Jai Bhim, Takbir, Allahu Akbar, Jai Hind!"

SP MP from UP’s Sambhal Shafiqur Rahman Barq and AIMIM MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi. (Photo: Lok Sabha TV screengrab)

A Samajwadi Party MP triggered an uproar in Parliament Tuesday when he said chanting Vande Mataram is against Islam and he couldn’t say it.

For the second straight day of the Parliamentary budget session, BJP lawmakers continued raising Jai Shri Ram and Vande Mataram slogans as members took the oath of House.

When it was the turn of Samajwadi Party’s Shafiqur Rahman Barq, he concluded his oath saying “Constitution of India Zindabad” and clarified that Vande Mataram is against his religion.

Jahan tak Vande Mataram ka taaluq hai, it is against Islam we cannot follow it,” Barq said. This created an uproar in the Lok Sabha and members from the treasury benches were heard raising slogans of Vande Mataram and Jai Shri Ram.

The slogans were also heard as AIMIM MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi walked up to the lectern to take the oath. He was seen signalling the members of the House to be louder.  Owaisi then concluded his oath with “Jai Bhim, Takbir, Allahu Akbar, Jai Hind!”

In 2013, Barq, who was BSP MP from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh at the time, had walked out of the Lok Sabha when Vande Mataram was played inside the House.

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Some groups in the Muslim community have spoken against the recital of Vande Mataram as the song’s third and fourth stanzas equate India with Hindu Goddess Durga and Lakshmi.

“Thou art Durga, Lady and Queen, with her hands that strike and her swords of sheen, Thou art Lakshmi lotus-throned….”. the line says.

Meanwhile, slogans of “mandir vahin banayenge (will build the temple only there)” were also heard in the Lok Sabha as BJP’s Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj took his oath in Sanskrit. The slogan is an oblique reference to the long-pending demand for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.