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Delhi L-G Najeeb Jung talks about 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' row

Delhi lieutenant governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung on Monday said he has no problem in raising controversial slogan 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' as there is a difference between worshipping god and one's country. The L-G also said that refusal to chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' doesn't make anyone anti-national.

In an interview to India Today, Jung said the 21 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs who were made parliamentary secretaries last year are liable to be disqualified unless the central govt. clears the Bill passed by the Assembly to that effect.

Politicians who say Indians not chanting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' had no right to live in this country should be ignored, Jung said. He further added that AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, who made Bharat Mata Ki Jai an issue of priority and importance, should first try to address vital issues confronting the Muslim community such as education and health.

On the JNU row, the L-G said had he been the vice-chancellor of the university, he would have allowed the police to enter only if there was widespread arson. He said police could enter because the V-C was new and inexperienced.

On Kejriwal security, Jung said adequate security had been provided to the chief minister, however it was difficult to prevent incidents such as shoe-throwing one in a small gathering unless people were asked to remove their shoes.

The odd-even scheme has not been able to make an impact on pollution although it did reduce congestion. It would be difficult to make it a permanent feature as being contemplated by the government, Jung said.