With an eye on 2017 civic polls as well as the increasing tensions between BJP and Shiv Sena ,Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said every Indian will have to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and those who are unwilling for it have no right to stay in the country..
His remarks came a day after India’s largest Islamic seminary ‘Darul Uloom Deoband’ issued a ‘fatwa’ saying Muslims should not say “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.
Fadnavis said “Does anyone have the courage in this country to not say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’? We have to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ in this country. Whoever doesn’t say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ does not have the right to stay in this country.”
Fadnavis was addressing party workers’ rally at Nashik on the first day of the state party executive meeting .“Where is the morality in such a stance? In Marathwada, you make one statement and in Nashik you carry out morchas even if some water is being released to that drought-hit region,’’ said Fadnavis targeting the Sena
Recently, AIMIM legislator Waris Pathan was suspended from the state Assembly by all parties after he refused to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.
Besides the crucial Mumbai civic polls, elections to eight other cities, including Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur , Amravati, 15 municipal councils and 29 zilla parishads are slated next year. And there are signs that the allies are unlikely to contest a majority of these polls together.
.Asaduddin Owaisi, a three-time parliamentarian from Hyderabad, controversially declared that he will not chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai “even if you put a knife to my throat.”