Javed Akhtar  Retiring as Rajya Sabha member, noted film personality Javed Akhtar said on Tuesday that “adjournaments” and “polarisation” will not take the country forward. He pleaded with the Opposition and the government to work together without thinking about the next elections. Taking a break from the usual uproar, the different political parties in the Upper House, were seen cheering Akhtar, unanimously.

Akhtar, who was nominated to the Upper House by the UPA government, said there are capable leaders in the Modi
government who can do good work but those making extremist comments, need to be reined in.

“There is one leader, who is not a national leader, not even a state leader but a Mohalla Leader Of Hyderabad. He says he will not say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ because the Constitution does not ask him to do so. “the Constitution even does not ask him to wear Sherwani (dress) and Topi (cap)… I don’t care to know whether saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai‘ is my duty or not but it is my right.”

“I hope both Opposition and the government will work together. Adjournments will not take us forward. Even
polarisation will not take us forward. Please forget next election and think about the country,” he said in his
impassioned speech. The house listened to him in rapt silence and occasionally burst into applause after a particularly good statement.

“I don’t care to know whether saying ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is my duty or not. It is my right,” Akhtar said and then Chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ a number of times.

The film lyricist slyly slammed AIMIM leader and MP Asaddudin Owaisi for saying that he won’t chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai‘ because the Constitution does not ask him to do so.

Taking a dig at Owaisi‘s constitutional rights, Akhtar said, He also condemned the right-wing extremists who say Muslims should go to Pakistan.On religious freedom, Akhtar said time does not stop and the country either would move forward or backward.