CM Un­apolo­getic, Hits Back at Oppn

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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.

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