Imitiaz Jaleel says that Waris Pathan’s statements have been misinterpreted in the house.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Imtiaz Jaleel has come forward in support of AIMIM legislator Waris Pathan who was suspended from Maharashtra Assembly after refusing to chant the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. Jaleel said that Pathan’s statements have been misinterpreted and he has been framed. 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 will remain suspended from the Assembly for the entire budget session.
Imtiaz Jaleel said that Waris’s suspension is a motive of legislators to tarnish the reputation of AIMIM. He said, “The speaker didn’t give us opportunity to clarify our stand. We had only asked for two minutes to explain our opinion about this issue but speaker refused. It is conspiracy against us as majority of the legislators have supported Waris’s suspension.”
The controversy erupted after MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi 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 had said that the Constitution does not mandate any one to chant the slogan.
Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said, “We live in a country and everyone who lives here must love the country. We fought the battle of independence irrespective of religion, caste and race. The venom of anti-nationalism was limited till JNU, but now it has spread even inside the assembly. If any person is speaking like this, then it must be considered as treason.”
Congress MLA Abdul Sattar said action must be taken against MIM leaders for trying to create disharmony in the society. He said, “With the 2017 BMC election just a year away Owaisi is trying to lure Muslim voters. Strict action must be taken against him and those leaders who are trying to divide people on the basis of religion and caste. They are issuing these statements inside the assembly if they repeat these remarks outside the house then riots might break out.”
Shiv Sena legislator Gulabrao Patil said, “They are living in India and are dependent on the nation for their livelihood but don’t want to say “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”. These leaders are anti-national and they should be suspended.”
Reacting to the suspension, BJP’s Shaina NC said, “If a person chooses to behave in an unparliamentary manner, it is well within the jurisdiction of a Speaker to take a stand which would set an example.”
NCP MLA Bhaskar Jadhav said, “Today people have become smart and they won’t accept the ploy of MIM. We have already seen the result of Bihar assembly election. If MIM was a force to reckon with then they could have easily won some seats in Bihar. Today people vote for those candidates who undertake developmental work. Muslims have even voted for BJP candidates in the Lok Sabha election.”
BJP MLA Amit Satam said, “Nobody can derive political mileage by polarisation. We should stop incidents like JNU and those leaders making anti-national statements. If they are really concerned about the development of Muslims then they should have provided educational facilities to Muslim students.”