The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA, Waris Pathan, on Tuesday found himself being dragged in the middle of a controversy after he visited a Ganpati pandal in Byculla. Let's understand the A to Z of the controversy in relation to this incident.
In a youtube video that went viral on social media, Waris Pathan was allegedly heard shouting "Ganpati Bappa Morya!". He said:
"Ganapati should remove the problem and all the obstacles from people’s life. I have prayed that Ganapati Bappa should grant give happiness, prosperity and success to everyone in life. Ganpati Bappa Morya!"
Immediately after the video was released, Waris allegedly received flak for raising religious slogans like "Ganpati Bappa Morya" from his party and was pressurized to apologize for the same. He then released another video in which the AIMIM leader was seen begging for an apology.
In response to the disapproval, he gave out a message of apology and said:
"A Few days ago, I recited certain words for which I seek an apology from God. Yes, I accept my mistake. I assure you that this mistake will not be repeated. I am also a human and every human makes mistake. Even I did. I accept that. I regret it. I believe that God will forgive me. It's my appeal to every single one of you to forgive me and pray for me. May God build my faith stronger and grant me the strength to walk on the right path."
This is not the first time that Waris Pathan has been associated with such controversy. In 2017, Pathan indulged in a heated argument after his refusal to sing 'National song' Vande Mataram.
"I will not say Vande Mataram. Nowhere in the Constitution, it is mentioned that saying Vande Mataram is mandatory. No one can force such ideas on us. Our religion does not permit. We respect the country but will not sing it," Pathan had said.
Immediately after the incident, BJP leader MLA Raj Purohit got in a heated argument with Pathan and even wrote a letter to Devendra Fadnavis urging the CM to make Vande Mataram mandatory in Maharashtra.