Renowned poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar has received plenty of plaudits for his last speech as Rajya Sabha MP made in the Upper House on Tuesday.
He attacked the AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi for his controversial remarks refusing to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
He said, “There’s a politician who’s got this notion about himself that he’s a national leader. In reality, he’s nothing more than a small time leader of an area in a city called Hyderabad. He says he has a problem in chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai because the constitution doesn’t ask him to do so. But the same doesn’t constitution doesn’t ask him to wear sherwani. Chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai is not my duty but it’s my right.”
Owaisi had recently stirred a new controversy by saying that he will not chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai just because the RSS leaders asked him to do so.
Akhtar also slammed the right-wing Hindu groups for their repeated threats to send Muslims to Pakistan.
He said, “I equally condemn those who chant musalmano ke do sthan, Pakistan yaa qabristan… Today who we describe as fringe, the same fringe is incresingly getting bigger. I would like to urge the government, which has some intelligent people to control the so-called fringe elements, which include MLAs, MPs, MoS and even cabinet minister.”