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NEW DELHI: Baba Ramdev has potentially added to the much debated Bharat Mata controversy. Referring to Asaduddin Owasi’s remark on the Bharat Mata slogan, the yoga guru on Sunday said, “If somebody says that ‘even if you cut off my head, I won’t say Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.. .I want to say there is a rule of law and we respect constitution otherwise we can cut off hundreds and thousands of heads.”
The Bharat Mata slogan controversy began after AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi replied to RSS head Mohan Bhagwat call for chanting the slogan. “I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab,” Owaisi said, at a public rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district last month. “I won’t utter that (slogan) even if you put a knife to my throat,” Owaisi said,
(cont).I want to say there is a rule of law & we respect constitution
otherwise we can cut off hundreds & thousands of heads: Baba Ramdev
— ANI (@ANI_news) 3 April 2016
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier today said “those unwilling to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ have no right to stay in the country”. He later clarified his remark and said that the media put out only a section of his speech with the intention of “creating a controversy”.
“There is still a dispute over saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and those refusing to say it, should not have any right to stay here. Those living here should say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai,” Fadnavis had told a public meeting in Nashik last night.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday reignited the nationalism debate, saying he would look forward to PDP MLAs saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ on the day of path taking on April 4.