Union Home Minister and BJP party president Amit Shah addressing a poll rally in Loharu, Haryana, said that all those who abuse Bharat Mata will be jailed and anything said against the country will not be tolerated. The Union Home Minister, directing his comments at former President of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, slammed the ‘Tukde Gang’, stating that “inside Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) India is being broken ('Bharat ke tukde ho rahe hain')."
"Rahulji, direct the abuses towards me, direct it towards Modiji even direct it towards my party or the Constitution but if you talk against my Motherland (Bharat Mata) I will make sure that all those who do will be jailed,” Amit Shah said.
The Home Minister was referencing the 2016 JNU sedition case, wherein slogans against the country such as the infamous 'Bharat Ke Tukde Tukde Honge' were raised as students protested the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru. An enormous debate and controversy had been triggered in its aftermath, with the sedition case still ongoing, the latest developments circling around the Delhi government continuing to deny sanction to the Delhi Police to file a chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar and others who have been accused.
The Union Home Minister also hit out at the Indian National Congress for mocking the ‘Shastra puja’ for the first Rafale jet received by India on Tuesday, saying the grand old party should know which issues to ridicule. “Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performed ‘Shastra puja’ in Bordeaux, France, and it seems that the Congress party does not like it. The Congress should think about what they are ridiculing,” he said during an earlier rally in Haryana’s Kaithal. He also hit out at the Congress over its opposition to the scrapping of Article 370, saying other parties who came to power could never take the step. “Removing Article 370 was never about politics, it was about uniting the country, but Congress was against it. Rahul Gandhi was against the removal of Article 370, he should clarify his stand.”