"BMC has passed the notice of motion to make Vande Mataram compulsory in BMC run schools, it will be sent to state government for the final decision," Mumbai Mayor was quoted as saying by ANI.
In a fresh diktat, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday passed a notice making reciting of Vande Mataram mandatory in schools run by the civic body. “BMC has passed the notice of motion to make Vande Mataram compulsory in BMC run schools, it will be sent to state government for the final decision,” Mumbai Mayor was quoted as saying by ANI. Earlier last month, a Madras High court order mandated the singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ in all government schools, colleges, and universities in Tamil Nadu at least once a week. Recently, a BJP MLA in Maharashtra demanded the implementation of the ruling in schools and colleges of the state. The statement had started a slugfest between leaders.
NDA affiliate Ram Das Athawale had said that there’s nothing wrong if one does not wish to sing Vande Mataram. “Everybody should recite Vande Mataram, but if it is not recited what will go wrong?” he had asked. “If one does not recite Vande Mataram nothing is wrong in that,” said the minister of state for social justice and empowerment.
Senior BJP MLA Raj Purohit had said he would meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and seek the latter’s intervention to make it compulsory for everybody to sing the national song at any event.”I will raise the demand in the House as well. I will tell the chief minister that the government should come up with a policy which would make it compulsory for everybody to sing ‘Vande Mataram’ at the beginning of an event and ‘Jana Gana Mana’ at the end,” Purohit was quoted as saying by PTI.