Slogan row: Censure motion against Owaisi in MP Assembly

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2016 11:10 IST
The Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a censure motion against AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Madhya Pradesh assembly on Friday unanimously adopted a censure motion, moved by a Congress member and backed by the ruling BJP, slamming All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi for refusing to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai.’

On March 13, Owaisi had said at a rally in Maharashtra that he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even at knifepoint. The comments came against the backdrop of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India.

Congress MLA Jitu Patwari, who brought the motion during the Zero Hour, said if musician AR Rehman could sing ‘ Maa Tujhe Salaam ( Salute to you mother)’ what is the issue with others.

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“The refusal to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is an insult to Bharat Mata and it should be condemned by this House, irrespective of the party,” he said. The Congress legislator said his party is against all sorts of fundamentalist outlook — be it of Hindu, Muslim, Christian and any other religion.

State legislative affairs minister Narottam Mishra seconded Patwari’s motion and came down heavily on Owaisi. “We oppose the mindset that lives in India and chants slogans of Pakistan or Afazal Guru or about breaking this country.

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You won’t hear such people from minority talking about the unemployment or other issues. They are indulging in such gimmicks just to divert attention from the main issues our country is facing,” he said.

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The anti-national sloganeering on the JNU campus in Delhi should also be condemned, Mishra said.

Panchayat minister Gopal Bhargava took the opportunity to take a dig at the Congress by questioning why party vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited JNU when they were condemning anti-national sloganeering at the university campus.

The treasury and the opposition benches passed the motion censuring AIMIM leader unanimously amid chants of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

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