Watch: Asaduddin Owaisi Sparks Controversy with ‘Jai Palestine’ Chant During Oath in Lok Sabha

Asaduddin Owaisi Sparks Controversy with ‘Jai Palestine’ Chant During Oath in Lok Sabha

On June 25, 2024, during the oath-taking ceremony in the 18th Lok Sabha, AIMIM president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi invoked the name of Palestine, sparking heated reactions from the ruling party benches.

As he concluded his oath, Owaisi proclaimed, “Jai Bhim, Jai Meem, Jai Telangana, Jai Palestine.” The Chair subsequently expunged his remarks from the record.

The Chant and Its Implications

Owaisi, elected for his fifth consecutive term from Hyderabad, took his oath in Urdu, preceded by a prayer. His inclusion of “Jai Palestine” caught attention and raised eyebrows.

While some defended his actions, others questioned the appropriateness of invoking another country’s name during the solemn oath-taking process.

Watch: Asaduddin Owaisi Sparks Controversy with ‘Jai Palestine’ Chant During Oath in Lok Sabha

Defending His Words

When asked about mentioning Palestine, Owaisi stood firm. He stated, “They are oppressed people,” emphasizing the humanitarian aspect. He also referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s stance on Palestine.

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However, the controversy continues to swirl, with differing opinions on whether such expressions belong in the parliamentary proceedings.

Parliamentary Reactions

BJP MPs responded with chants of “Jai Shri Ram” as Owaisi took his oath. The clash of slogans highlighted the ideological divide.

Pro-tem Speaker Bhartruhari Mahtab clarified that only the oath or affirmation would be recorded, excluding any additional statements, reported MSN.

A Polarizing Moment

Owaisi’s invocation of Palestine adds to the ongoing debate about the intersection of national and global issues within India’s political arena.

As the Parliament grapples with this incident, it remains to be seen how the controversy unfolds.

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