Hyderabad: The debate over ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan continues to heat up with all the parties taking part and taking full advantage of the controversy ahead of the poll season amid the heated political debate over nationalism across the country.
 
Muslim seminary Jamia Nizamia in Hyderabad has issued a fatwa against chanting the slogan Bharat Mata ki Jai. The seminary called the slogans ‘un-Islamic’ and ‘irrational’. It also said that it is an individual belief to treat India as mother and that view cannot be enforced upon others.
 
The remarks came a few days after All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi stirred a controversy by saying that he would not chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ even if a knife was put to his throat. His statement has set political tempers high.
 
“I don’t chant that slogan. What are you going to do, Bhagwat sahab?” he had said at a rally in Udgir tehsil of Latur district in Maharashtra on February 13. “Nowhere in the Constitution has it said that one should say Bharat Mata ki Jai,” Owaisi had added.
 
BJP ramped up its patriotic plank, saying denigration of the nation will not be acceptable under any circumstance and there should be no dispute over slogans like ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’.
 
BJP party president Amit Shah asked why a slogan like ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’, associated with the freedom struggle and which predates BJP and RSS should be the subject of a debate.