Adding to the ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan controversy, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has questioned the BJP if incumbent CM Mehbooba Mufti will be asked to chant the same as a “pre- condition'' to government formation in the state.
“Is Mehbooba Mufti also going to be asked to chant #BharatMataKiJai as a condition for Govt formation in J&K?” Abdullah tweeted the query out to his 1.3 million followers late on Thursday evening.
Abdullah’s comment was in reaction to the outrage over All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s refusal to repeat the slogan, an issue that led to one of the party’s legislators being banned from the Maharashtra assembly on Wednesday.
While PDP refused to react to the comment, Abdullah was not available for comment.
Owaisi countered the suspension saying not choosing to say the slogan was also a freedom of expression and being forced against one’s will was not Constitutional.
“We are heading into an age of darkness. By supporting the suspension motion, Congress and NCP, who call themselves secular, have been completely exposed,” he said.
The decision to suspend Waris Pathan, an AIMIM legislator from Byculla in Mumbai, for “showing disrespect to house” was passed by all parties on the assembly.