CM Unapologetic, Hits Back at Oppn
Mumbai: Within days of suspending an All India Majlis-eIttehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Waris Pathan from the Maharashtra Assembly for refusing to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, the issue has now come to haunt the Congress and NCP. On Monday, the two parties tried to corner Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the Maharashtra Assembly asking for an apology for his alleged “those who don’t want to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ should leave India” comment. Fadnavis had made the comments on Saturday in Nashik while addressing a party gathering. The Congress and NCP wanted Fadnavis to tender an apology for his recent comments. However, a combative Fadnavis said he was prepared to relinquish his chief minister’s chair but would not apologise. “Why should I apologise? What wrong have I done? This (slogan) has nothing to do with any particular religion or caste,” said Fadnavis.
He added, “I didn’t make the comments attributed to me, I just said those who don’t love the co- untry and are creating a divide should not live here and that I would continue to say so.”
He then put both the parties in a spot by reminding them about their role when they along with the BJP, Shiv Sena had unanimously decided to suspend AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan from the Assembly. “In this house when the member (MIM MLA Waris Pathan) refused to say Bharat Mata Ki Jai, at that time everyone in this House decided to suspend him.” While the Congress and NCP walked out of the House in protest, AIMIM MLA Imtiaz Jaleel described the Congress and NCP as ‘confused’. “They don’t know whether to practice secularism or Hindutva,” he said.