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‘Bharat mata ki jai’ controversy reflects challenging times: Irani

“What (Bharat mata) we pray to and worship is a subject of controversy for some people. This itself is a matter of worry and shows us the kind of challenging times we are passing through,” Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2016 21:32 IST
Union HRD minister Smriti Irani at a press conference at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Union HRD minister Smriti Irani at a press conference at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)

Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said the “controversy” sparked over saying “Bharat mata ki jai” highlights “the kind of challenging times we are passing through”.

“What (Bharat mata) we pray to and worship is a subject of controversy for some people. This itself is a matter of worry and shows us the kind of challenging times we are passing through... As a citizen, I do feel that if Bharat mata is not hailed in India then where else she would be hailed,” she told reporters.

Irani’s remarks came when she was asked about the “controversy” over the issue.

After Hindutva organisation RSS said the young should be taught chanting the slogan, Owaisi asserting that he would not do so even if a knife is put at his throat.

Attacking Owaisi, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said in Kolkata that those who do not want to raise the slogan had no right to stay in India.