Yoga guru Ramdev has said that the Modi government at the Centre should change the law through amendment to make chanting of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ mandatory for every Indian.
“Even though it is not written in the Constitution that one should say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, there should be no problem in chanting it… Therefore, an amendment should be made in the law so that everyone says it,” he was quoted by news agency PTI.
Speaking to reporters in Vadodara at the airport on Thursday before leaving for a religious function, Ramdev also reiterated his demand for complete ban on cow slaughter, “It is my humble appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enforce a total ban on cow slaughter across the country. I am hopeful to get a positive response from the PM.”
Ramdev, a known BJP supporter, added, “I believe that a country-wide ban would bring harmony between various communities and reduce communal clashes.”
The controversy over chanting of Bharat Mata Ki Jai began after the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat linked its chanting to patriotism.
Bhagwat’s comments were met with disdain by the AIMIM chief, Asaduddin Owaisi, who said that he wouldn’t chant the slogan even if he faced the death.
Meanwhile, the BJP patriarch, LK Advani said on Wednesday said that the controversy over Bharat Mata Ki Jai was meaningless.
He told reporters in Gandhinagar, ““I don’t want to comment on it. This is a meaningless controversy.”