With a controversy raging over the chanting of ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ slogans, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the views expressed by various individuals on the issue are not “authorised by the government.”
Asked about the recent statements made by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and yoga crusader Ramdev, Naidu told reporters at an event in Indian Womens’ Press Corps: “Did the chief minister pass any legislation on it? In a democracy, people will say so many things. At the end, what the government decides is binding on all. The government has not come out with any circular making the chanting of ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ mandatory, but it is an emotive issue and sensibilities of all should be taken care.”
On Monday, Fadnavis had said even when he does not remain the CM, he will keep chanting the slogan and blamed the media that focussed on just a part of his speech made at Nashik where he had said that those who refuse to chant the slogan have no right to stay in India.
Ramdev had recently said he would have “beheaded” those who refuse to chant the slogan were it not for the law of the land.