In an extraordinary development on Wednesday, the Congress Party supported the right-wing Hindu groups in Maharashtra assembly to get the AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan suspended from the assembly for the rest of the session.
The controversy was over Pathan’s refusal to chant ‘Bharat Maata Ki Jai’ whose chanting the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had recently attached to patriotism.
Pathan was allegedly forced by the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress MLAs to chant Jai Hind, Jai Hindustan, Vande Matram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai inside the assembly.
Ram Kadam of the BJP said that it was only after Pathan refused to utter ‘these setences’ that the MLA was suspended from the assembly.
However, the Congress supporting right-wing parties to suspend Pathan has become controversial with people questioning the party’s secular credentials.
The ruckus in the assembly started with another AIMIM MLA Imtiaz Jaleel questioning public expenditures on the maintenance of memorials.
According to NDTV, it was the Congress that first proposed his suspension, though in the JNU controversy, the party took on the government with great fervor, declaring it was not up to the administration to define what is acceptable as patriotism.