If you want to live in this country, you have to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’: CM Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai: The Bharat Mata Ki Jai debate refuses to blow way and now Maha CM Fadnavis is in the thick of it after he said that those who don’t say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ have no right to live in this country. He was quoted saying by ANI: “If you want to live in this country then you have to say Bharat Mata ki Jai, otherwise you have no right to live here. Some people say we will not say Bharat Mata ki Jai. Then what? Pakistan ki jai or China ki jai?.”

Nitin Gadkari and then Maharashtra BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis

He added: “Went to a Mazar in Mumbai, hundreds of Muslim priests chanted Bharat Mata ki Jai.Those who say Bharat ke tukde honge will fail.”

His comments weren’t taken well as Chief imam of the All India Imam Organisation (AIIO), Umer Ahmed Ilyasi on Sunday slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his remark that those having reservations to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ shouldn’t live in the country, saying that the people on responsible positions should avoid making such statements.

‘No one has a right to decide as to who would live in this country or not. If you force certain things on people then it would give rise to hatred. People on such responsible positions should refrain from making such statement,’ Ilyasi told ANI.

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”.

With agency inputs