MIM MLA Waris Pathan tenders apology for chanting Ganpati Bappa Morya
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA from Mumbai's Byculla Waris Pathan has run into a controversy again. Pathan has tendered an apology for chanting 'Ganpati Bappa Morya' during the recent Ganpati celebrations.
Pathan chanted Ganpati Bappa Morya while visiting a Ganesh pandal in his constituency and told the gathering, "I will pray to Lord Ganesha to remove all the obstacles in from path and shower his blessings on you and grant you all happiness, prosperity and success."
But Pathan soon received flak from the party and had to tender an apology. In a video released, Pathan said he has "committed a grave mistake and won't do it again". "Recently, I uttered some words which I should have not done. But as a human being, everyone commits mistakes. So I had. But, I know Allah will forgive me and so will you all. It was a mistake and I won't do it again," Pathan said while tendering the apology.
When contacted Pathan, he denied to speak further on his apology. "I have said whatever I had to in the video. I won't speak further as I am down with viral fever," Pathan told India Today.
The BJP tried to downplay the issue calling it a publicity gimmick.
"Some people only work towards creating a rift in the society. This (statement) is only to gain political brownie points and grab media attention. May Lord Ganeshs grant him some good sense," said Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
This, however, is not the first time that the MIM MLA has courted controversy.
In 2016, Pathan was suspended from the Maharashtra assembly for refusing to say 'Bharat mata ki jai". Again in 2017, Pathan was in the news for refusing to say 'Vande Mataram'.
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