Maharashtra Assembly was on Wednesday suspended AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan for this session after he refused to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. This happened three days after AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi’s statement said that he won’t chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat.
There was a ruckus in the legislative assembly over Pathan’s refusal to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ with legislators from all the other parties demanding his suspension.
Minister of State (Parliamentary Affairs) Ranit Patil moved a proposal for suspension of Pathan’s membership for the duration of the ongoing budget session. The house approved the proposal.
Pathan said that chanting the slogan was a matter of choice and was not binding. “The Constitution does not say it. We will say Jai Hind. We won’t chant Bharatmata ki Jai,” said Pathan.
The house had to be adjourned three times over the issue.