Ev­ery In­dian must chant ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’, says Fad­navis

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MUM­BAI: In­di­cat­ing the state BJP’s voice will get shriller on the ‘na­tion­al­ism’ de­bate, chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis on Satur­day said ev­ery In­dian will have to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. He said crores of In­di­ans feel that those who can’t say this shouldn’t live in the coun­try.

Fad­navis was speak­ing at a party work­ers’ rally at Nashik on the first day of the state party ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing be­ing held with an eye on the 2017 civic polls as well as the in­creas­ingly un­easy re­la­tion­ship with its ally, the Shiv Sena. Fad­navis’ state­ment is be­ing seen as the party’s de­ci­sion to bare fangs on the is­sue and claim its Hindu right wing space, chal­lenged by the Sena, ahead of the polls.

Re­cently, AIMIM leg­is­la­tor Waris Pathan was sus­pended from the state Assem­bly by all par­ties af­ter he re­fused to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. The BJP hopes to cor­ner the Congress and the NCP on the de­bate, even as it scores a point with its core sup­port base.

The CM also took on ally Sena over the lat­ter’s ag­gres­sive stance against for­mer ad­vo­cate general Shri­hari Aney’s state­ment on a sep­a­rate Marath­wada. With­out nam­ing his ally, Fad­navis said some peo­ple were creat­ing a bo­gey out of the ‘United Ma­ha­rash­tra’ move­ment and at­tacked even women un­der this guise.


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