Reacting to the incidents of violence in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur Tuesday said those who would say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ will stay in India.
Responding to media queries following the first sitting of the Vidhan Sabha’s Budget Session, Thakur said, “Bharat mein Bharat Mata ki Jai karne wala rahega… aur jo nahi bolega, jo Bharat ka virodh karega, sanvidhanik vyavasthaon ka sammaan nahi karega, niraadar karega, baar baar karega, unke baare mei nischit roop se vichar karne ki aavyashakta hai (that person who says Bharat Mata ki jai will stay in India…and the one who does not say it, who will oppose India, will not respect the Constitution, will repeatedly dishonour it, there is definitely a need to think about them).”
The slogan, 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' apparently portrays India as a mother goddess. In Islamic belief, the notion of considering any other thing (be it a country, nature, a human being,etc) as God/Goddess is strictly forbidden. and it is considered as shirk(Polytheism). So, Muslims in India avoid chanting this slogan in general. But BJP leaders deliberately attempt to provoke Muslims by forcing them to chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', ' Vande Matram' to prove their loyalty to India.