Launching a scathing attack on AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi for his refusal to chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, the Shiv Sena today sought revocation of citizenship and voting rights of those who refuse to chant the slogan.
The demand came in the wake of the controversy over chanting of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s (AIMIM) firebrand leader Asaduddin Owaisi had earlier said that the RSS can’t force him to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
Notably, against the backdrop of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India, Owaisi had, at a public rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district, recently said, “I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab.”
“I won’t utter that (slogan) even if you put a knife to my throat,” Owaisi said, amid loud applause from the crowd.
“Nowhere in the Constitution has it said that one should say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Owaisi said.
The Sena also sought to know from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis how Owaisi was allowed to leave the state after he refused to chant the pro-India slogan.
In a vitriolic editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena said, “Hardik Patel had by mistake disrespected the national flag and he was tried for sedition and is still in jail. Has Asaduddin Owaisi not committed treason as well by insulting mother India? The citizenship and voting rights of all those who do not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ should be revoked.”
“There is a BJP Chief Minister in the state. He has to answer how Owaisi was allowed to leave Latur after insulting the country,” it said.
The Muslim community has remained “backward” due to the ideas propagated by people like Owaisi, the Sena said lashing out further at the MIM leader.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said everybody may not agree with the views of the RSS and BJP.
“The RSS and the BJP are portraying ‘Bharat Mata’ as a ‘devi’ (goddess) and are expecting all to chant slogans. Everybody may not want to subscribe to this. But, nobody would mind praising mother India,” he said.
“They should first clear their stand on whom do they actually want all Indians to praise and then go around giving certificates of patriotism to others,” he added.