New Delhi, March 15: A day after All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi stirred controversy on commenting that he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, senior Parliamentarian Najma Heptulla silenced him today.Also Read - 'Won't Let Yogi Return As CM in 2022', Vows Owaisi; UP Chief Minister Says Challenge Accepted
Najma Heptulla, a former long-serving deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha today said, “even if you keep knife on my throat – Bharat Mata Ki Jai- will come out from my mouth. The Parliamentarian further said that even after her death, her soul will chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. Also Read - UP Elections 2022: AIMIM to Contest on 100 Seats, Alliance Only With OP Rajbhar's Party, Says Owaisi
The comment made by head of Minority Affairs Minister came a day after a video of Asaddudin Owaisi started surfacing on social media in which he said that he will wont chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. The AIMIM leader was addressing a public rally in Latur on Sunday. Also Read - BSP to Fight UP, Uttarakhand Assembly Polls Alone, Says Mayawati as Reports of Tie-up With AIMIM Emerge
Owaisi a hardliner reportedly said, “I won’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do about it, (Mohan) Bhagwat sahab”. Owaisi’s comment came in the backdrop of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat suggestion that the new generation needs to chant slogans hailing ‘mother India, reported PTI. (ALSO READ: What stops Muslims from chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai – Faith or Communal Indoctrination?)
“I won’t utter that slogan even if you put a knife on my throat,” Owaisi said while addressing huge crowd in Udgir tehsil in Maharashtra. Owaisi argued that the Constitution of India nowhere makes it mandatory to chant slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
Najma Heptulla, descendant of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is the only female Muslim faces in the Modi government. Heptulla had always denied feeling alienated in the BJP which has a pro-majority image.
Watch Video Here: Asaduddin Owaisi on ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’