The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, has grossly violated his Constitutional position as Chief Minister by declaring that “Those unwilling to say Bharat Mata ki Jai have no right to stay in the country”.  What the Chief Minister has said is that those who do not agree with the Hindutva version of nationalism have no right to stay in the country.  This is the view of an RSS activist and not that of a Chief Minister who has sworn to uphold the Constitution.


The Polit Bureau demands that the Chief Minister Fadnavis retract this statement immediately.


The climate of hate and intolerance being created is also illustrated by the rabidly communal stand of Ramdev when he said that he would have cut off the heads of those who do not shout the slogan hailing Bharat Mata. This speech is an incitement to violence and communal hatred.  The concerned authorities should immediately file a case under the relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code.