MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena on Thursday slammed All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi for his remark that he won't chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogan and demanded the cancellation of his Indian citizenship.
The Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece Saamna, urged the Muslims of the country to chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' to show their opposition to Owaisi.
“Owaisi has insulted Mother India by doing so. Therefore, the Muslims of the entire nation should chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogan to show their opposition to Owaisi. The citizenship and the right to vote of all those people should be snatched who don’t chant the slogan,” the Shiv Sena said in its editorial.
Quoting Owaisi’s statement, the Shiv Sena said that it seemed that the AIMIM leader, under the influence of alcohol, which is prohibited under Islam, had said such things.
“Alcohol or any kind of drug addiction is prohibited under Islam but it seems that Owaisi had made the statement under the influence of alcohol. It is very necessary to ‘legally cure’ psychopath Owaisi who calls himself an Indian by attacking on the back of Mother India,” the editorial added.
Citing the example of Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel, who ‘by mistake insulted the national flag,’ the Shiv Sena said that what Owaisi did also falls under sedition.
“Hardik Patel, by mistake, insulted the national flag for which he was booked under charges of sedition and is behind the bars. Doesn’t what Owaisi did in Maharashtra falls under sedition? He said that nobody could force him to chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogan. The truth is that not only by knife, but the necks of such people should be chopped by the law,” the Shiv Sena said.
Meanwhile, AIMIM law maker Waris Pathan got suspended from the Maharashtra Assembly for this session after he refused to chant slogan 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'.
Against the backdrop of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's suggestion that the new generation needs to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India, AIMIM chief Owaisi said that he won't chant slogans of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'. Owaisi, who was due to visit Lucknow today, cancelled the meeting after he was denied permission by the city administration to hold a public meet.