March 19: Member of Parliament from the Hyderabad constituency, Asadudddin Owaisi was targeted yet again for his statements refusing to chant, what he probably considers is an overtly ‘nationalistic’ slogan of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. This time, Bollywood veteran film and theatre actor Shabana Azmi, who took a dig at Owaisi. Azmi wanted to ask Owaisi, if would be okay saying, ‘Bharat Ammi ki Jai’, if not ‘Bharat Mata..’ This came after Azmi’s husband and former MP Javed Akhtar had trained guns at Owaisi for the same issue. Also Read - Only Donald Trump Left to Campaign For GHMC Elections: AIMIM Chief Owaisi Takes Jibe at BJP
Azmi was speaking at the India Today Conclave 2016, sharing the stage with Akhtar and the moderator being prominent journalist and news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai. As a part of a discussion on the entire issue of chanting slogans to prove one’s nationalism, Shabana Azmi said, “I would like to ask Owaisi sahib. Would he be okay saying ‘Bharat ammi ki jai’?” The audiences responded with resounding applause, on this clever quip from Azmi’s side. “Would he be okay saying ‘Bharat ammi ki jai’, instead of ‘Bharat Mata..’, if he’s got a problem with Mata and not Bharat!” Also Read: Javed Akhtar chants Bharat Mata Ki Jai in Parliament; takes a swipe at Asaduddin Owaisi (Watch full video) Also Read - BJP's Tejasvi Surya Calls Owaisi 'Jinnah's New Avatar', Says Every Vote For AIMIM a Vote Against India
Azmi’s quip came just a few days after Javed Akhtar made news for attacking Owaisi for his statement. Without take his name, Akhtar had called Owaisi a leader in a mohalla (colony) in Hyderabad. Akhtar added, ”He (Owaisi) said he will not say ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ as the constitution does not require him to say so. But, the same constitution does not ask him to wear Sherwani either.” In a highly controversial and hotly debated upon statement, Owaisi had said stated with much passion that he would not chant the catch phrase slogan of Indian nationalism, even if somebody put a knife to his throat. Also Read - Love Jihad Bill Row: Propagation of Hatred Won't Work, Owaisi Hits Out at BJP
Here is Javed Akhtar’s speech that he made in the Rajya Sabha, that went viral, mainly because of what he said about Owaisi.
This is what Owaisi had said at a rally in in Udgir tehsil of Latur district in Maharashtra.