Slamming the Minister of State at Prime minister's office, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said that no one has the right to question his nationality. Owaisi's remark comes after MoS Jitendra Singh on Wednesday lauded US President Donald Trump's statement that PM Modi is like the father of India. While praising Trump, Singh had said that those finding Trump's remark objectionable are not Indians. The AIMIM chief slammed his remarks saying that if the MoS believes in a white man's words, then he may not have understood the spirit of freedom struggle.
"I reject Jitendra Singh's statement. It is condemnable. By accepting what Trump has said about our PM, he has demeaned those freedom fighters who worked under Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi earned the title because of his sacrifices. Mr Jitendra has demeaned all of this. He places more value on a white man and we fought this freedom struggle to get rid of all these white men," Owaisi said.
Owaisi also added that Trump's praise may be a huge thing for the MoS, but he will continue to reject it. He also added that the Prime Minister must issue a clarification on it. "No sir, we fought this freedom struggle to say that what we want is freedom and we are right. You do whatever you want, I reject Trump's statement. who are you sir, who are you to question my love for India? US president has praised Imran Khan should we accept it? Are you implying that whatever US president says should be accepted as words of God? No sir we will not accept it. You are wrong, and you are making a fool of yourself," Owaisi added.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said that if a person cannot agree with Trump's statement, calling PM Modi 'Father of India', then they are not Indian. "People who live abroad are proud today of being Indian. This is happening due to the personality and personal outreach of Prime Minister Modi," Singh, MoS for the Prime Minister's Office said. "This is the first time that an American president has used this kind of words of praise not for an Indian Prime Minister but for any other world leader and if someone is not proud of this, then maybe he does not consider himself Indian," Singh added.
Owaisi also criticised the US president saying that Trump knows nothing about Gandhi or India. Speaking at the same press briefing on Wednesday, the AIMIM chief said: "He is not literate, and neither does he know anything about India. He does know nothing about Gandhi or the world. If he knew, then he would not indulge in such fake promises. Gandhi got the title of 'Father of India' because he earned it. People saw his sacrifice, kindness, love and he earned it. Titles like these can't be given to someone, they are earned. Pandit Nehru and Sardar Patel are giants of Indian politics, even they were never called the fathers of the nation," he added.
In the press briefing after the bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United States President Donald Trump said that PM Modi has brought India together like a father. He said, "He is a great gentleman and great leader.. I remember India before was very torn, a lot of dissension, a lot of fighting, and he brought it together, like a father would bring it together; and maybe he is the Father of India." "We'll call him the Father of India, if it's not so bad, but he brought things together, you don't hear that (dissensions) anymore. I think he's done a fantastic job," Trump added.