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Fadnavis, Ramdev remarks on ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ not authorised: Venkaiah

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday appeared to disapprove the remarks made by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and yoga guru Ramdev on those refusing to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and said that they are views not authorised by the government through any order.

Another Union Minister Najma Heptulla sought to downplay the remarks, while noting that such issues were attempts at diverting the focus from development. “Has the government issued any circular, saying that those who don’t say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ should leave the country?” he said. Naidu added ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan is not compulsory and has not been imposed on anyone through any government order, but it is an emotive issue and sensibilities of all should be taken care of.

On RSS general secretary Bhayyaji Joshi’s remarks on the slogan, he said: “People have strong views. It is positive. I also feel that there is nothing wrong. Bhagat Singh had also said in jail ‘Bharat Mataj ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’. That is an inspiration.”

Naidu also disapproved of Ramdev’s remarks, saying that they were his views and not that of the government. 

While Joshi had said that those who consider this land as their mother should say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Fadnavis said people not saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ should leave India.
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