Samajwadi Part MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq kicked off a controversy while taking oath as a Member of Parliament on Tuesday. After taking oath as Lok Sabha MP, Barq refused to say ‘Vande Mataram’ and said it was “against Islam”.
After taking the oath, Barq said, “Jahan tak Vande Mataram ka taaluq hai, it is against Islam we cannot follow it (as far as Vande Mataram is concerned, it is against Islam, we cannot follow it.”
His statement was followed with chants of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Jai Shree Ram’ by other leaders present in the Parliament.
On being asked if there was any problem in saying “Vande Mataram”, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said that he considers Earth as his mother. “Main keh raha hun dharti maa meri hai, dharti maa se bada kaun hai? Dharti maa se koi bada ho toh bathao [I am saying Earth is my mother. Who is bigger than Mother Earth. Tell me if anyone is bigger than Mother Earth],” Akhilesh Yadav told reporters in Uttar Pradesh. Vande Mataram literally translates to “I bow to mother” and was used as slogan against British colonial rule in India during Independence struggle.
Earlier in the day, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi was also greeted with the slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ when he was called to take oath as a Lok Sabha MP.
Asaduddin Owaisi immediately gave it back and said, “Jai Bheem, Jai Meem, Takbeer Allahu Akbar, Jai Hind.”