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