Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his remark that those having reservations to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ shouldn’t live in the country, the Congress on Sunday said that the saffron party is fabricating the slogan for political gains.
“This is a completely irrelevant thing. It’s a non-issue. The BJP is trying to make this into a controversial issue to try and show themselves to be great nationalists or patriots. The BJP and its predecessors had no role in the independence struggle. Its leaders once jailed actually wrote apology to the government,” Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI.
He also said that it is only by constructing a false sense of national identity and issues like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, the BJP is trying to project itself as a patriotic party. Dikshit further stated that the Maharashtra Government has been facing problems and the Chief Minister is not able to perform there.
“The BJP came fourth in the local elections. So, quite clearly they are about to lose that state. If elections are held today, the Maharashtra Government will be wiped out. So how else do you comeback in popular support if you can’t govern is by creating all these controversies,” he said.
Joining the ongoing debate on nationalism, which is being linked to chanting of certain slogans in recent times, Fadnavis reportedly said that every Indian will have to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, adding that those who can’t say this shouldn’t live in the country.
Jamat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) yesterday came out to back the fatwa issued by leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom in Deoband against chanting of “Bharat Mata ki jai”. JIH said that the attempts being made to use the slogan as a symbol of patriotism are wrong.
Darul Uloom Deoband on Friday issued a fatwa against chanting of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, saying that the slogan goes against the tenets of Islam.
“Bharat Mata, according to some Hindu sects, is a goddess and they worship her. For Muslims participating in worshiping a goddess would be un-Islamic, the fatwa said.
AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had stirred a hornet’s nest by rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the young generation be taught patriotic slogans like ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ stating that he won’t chant the slogan “even if a knife is put to his throat”.