Firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath on Monday said it should be made compulsory for every citizen of India to chant slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Hind’ in order to show respect to the country.
Adityanath’s demand comes in the backdrop of a controversial statement made by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi on March 14 that he would not chant slogans such as ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if somebody held a knife to his throat.
Owaisi’s statement revealed his Talibani mindset, the Gorakhpur MP said, adding that such a mentality was the very reason why Muslims across the world were viewed with suspicion. “ It is condemnable and disappointing as well ,” said Adityanath, who is also the chief priest of the Gorakhnath temple.
The AIMIM leader had made the statement at a public meeting in Latur, Maharashtra, in response to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s suggestion that the new generation should to be taught to chant slogans hailing the country they lived in.