In the backdrop of AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi's statement that he would not chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Tuesday said those who did not want to say the slogan had no right to stay in India.
"I feel that those who don't want to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai has no right to stay in India. They should go to some other country," Vijayvargiya told reporters.
Rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's suggestion for chanting the slogan to infuse patriotism, Owaisi had yesterday said he would not say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' even if a knife was put to his throat, prompting the Shiv Sena to tell him that he should go to Pakistan.
Owaisi's statement came days after Bhagwat said the new generation needed to be taught to chant slogans hailing Mother India.
The BJP General Secretary alleged previously that Rahul Gandhi was shedding "crocodile tears" for JNU in February this year. Vijayvargiya had also sparked a row in the Rohith Vemula case, when he said that the deceased Dalit scholar offered prayers for terrorists and organised beef parties. The Indian Express quotes Vijayvargiya, "One who protested against the execution of terrorists, one who said he feels like sin whenever he sees the colour saffron, one who publicly announced that he would organise a beef party, one who offered namaz for terrorists like Yakub Memon (who was executed last year for his role in the 1993 blasts in Mumbai) cannot be a weak youth, who would have committed suicide.”
In November last year, Vijayvargiya had dipped his feet into another pool of controversy when he alleged that Shah Rukh Khan's "soul" was in Pakistan.
शाहरुख़ खान रहते भारत में हैं पर उनका मन सदा पाकिस्तान में रहता है। उनकी फिल्मों यहाँ करोड़ो कमाती है पर उन्हें भारत असहिष्णु नजर आता है 1/5
— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) November 3, 2015
(Shah Rukh Khan lives in India but his mind is in Pakistan. His films earn crores here but he sees India as an intolerant nation.)
भारत मे असहिष्णुता का माहौल बनाना षडयंत्र का हिस्सा है। शाहरुख़ ने 'असहिष्णुता का राग' पाक व भारत विरोधी ताकतों के सुर में सुर मिलाना है 3/5 — Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) November 3, 2015
(To make India an intolerant nation is part of this conspiracy. Shah Rukh is now singing in the same tune of intolerance along with Pakistan and other anti-India forces.)
With inputs from PTI