New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s refusal to chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' has sparked anger among the members of Muslim community, who said the Hyderabad MP had made such remarks for political gains.
According to a report published in the Times of India on Friday, a prominent Muslim community leader Mohammad Imam and his supporters held a protest march at the Bachcha Park in Meerut where they criticised Owaisi’s remarks.
They maintained that Islam doesn’t stop it’s people from expressing love for their country or shouting slogans in that vein.
“The remark of Owaisi is completely anti-national and is not acceptable,” the Imam was quoted as telling his supporters during the protest.
Imam and his supporters also wrote the slogan 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' in blood on a map of India to express their love for the motherland.
Imam’s blood was drawn out using a syringe and then he and his supporters wrote “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” using it as ink on three maps of India which they got specially made for the purpose.
Mohammad Imam, who is the district vice-president of Congress and noted community leader, said that Owaisi is making these remarks for political leverage and that he is defaming the name of Islam.
“We are Indians and saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is our responsibility.”
Commenting on Owaisi’s speech three days ago, Imam further said, “Saying Bharat Mata Ki Jai is equivalent to hailing the land, women, children, sisters and soldiers of India. The remark of Owaisi is completely anti-national and is not acceptable. The posters of Owaisi have BR Ambedkar’s pictures along with him. I would like to ask Owaisi: is this what Baba Ambedkar taught him?”
Owaisi has faced intense criticism for his speech and got a fitting reply from legendary film personality Javed Akhtar in Parliament.