New Delhi: "BJP has won the first round of ideological challenge on nationalism by forcing people raising anti-India slogans to chant Jai Hind now," said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday.
We’ve won first round of ideological challenge as people who were raising anti-India slogans are now chanting Jai Hind: Arun Jaitley
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The Finance Minister's comments come against the backdrop of AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi's refusal to chant "Bharat Mata ki Jai" saying he is not obliged to do so by Constitution.
Owaisi stirred a controversy and the issue turned into a political dogfight, where parties like Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress and other parties from Hyderabad, chimed in to give their inputs.
Maharashtra Assembly suspended an AIMIM MLA after he refused to chant the slogan, while the Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed a censure motion condemning Owaisi, according to Zee News.
with inputs from PTI