CM faces heat over Bharat Mata Ki Jai statement, clarifies stand

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2016 00:51 IST

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was slammed by the Opposition and Muslim scholars over his statement on Bharat Mata Ki Jai on Saturday.

Reiterating his stand on Sunday, Fadnavis said, “We have absolutely no problem with someone saying Jai Hind or Jai Bharat or Jai Hindustan, but all we object to is when someone says I would not say Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Those who are opposing it have malafide interests and intentions. They are divisive forces who want to create a rift… Why should we tolerate this,” he asked.

On Sunday, he also added, “In my 50-minute speech, for 45 minutes, I spoke on drought and development and just for 5 minutes on Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Shani Shingnapur issue, but the media picked up only Bharat Mata Ki Jai and that too only a part of it. It clearly proves that a section of the media is interested in creating only controversy.”

“By raking up such controversies, the saffron leaders want to woo a section of the society for the sake of the political gain. But people will no more fall prey to these tactics which are politically driven,” said Saeed Noori, general secretary of Raza Academy.

“There was no need for him to speak on it at this point. Be it Fadnavis at state level or Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah at the national level, the BJP wants to keep the issue burning, ”said Hemant Desai, a political analyst.

Congress and NCP, too, have slammed Fadnavis saying it is his failure as chief minister which has led to such attempt of diverting the attention.

“The state as well as the central governments have failed on all fronts, including the development, inflation, acche din among others. By erupting the non-issues related to the nationalism, they are attempting to divert the attention from the real issues. First they stirred the controversy by banning beef,then JNU to divert attention from Rohit Vemula case and then Bharat Mata Ki Jai to divert the attention from the JNU row,” said Dhananjay Munde, leader of opposition in the state council.

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