‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ has turned into a topic of debate from the slogan after ‘Darul Uloom Deoband’ issued a ‘fatwa’ saying Muslims should not say “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.
Reacting to the situation on Sunday morning , Panchayat in Baghpat has called for social and economic boycott of those who don’t chant the slogan.
Earlier, the reactions came from prominent leaders of BJP.
On Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said at a rally in Nashik that those who are unwilling to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ have no right to stay in the country.
Later in the day, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said “Chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is a matter of emotion. Every human being has the right to chant for mother or for the motherland,” she told reporters at the airport in Rajkot before leaving for Dwarka.
Last month, Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of the BJP’s ideological mentor – the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or the RSS, had said the youth should be taught to chant slogans in support of the country.
Referring to the controversy over anti-India slogans raised at an event at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mr Bhagwat had said: “Now the time has come when we have to tell the new generation to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. It should be real, spontaneous and part of the all-round development of youth.”
After his remarks, Asaduddin Owaisi, a three-time parliamentarian from Hyderabad, controversially declared that he will not chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai “even if you put a knife to my throat.”