Mumbai: In a step proposed by BJP leader, Sandeep Patel to BMC to make singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools compulsory. BMC brought a resolution to make singing ‘Vande Mataram’ mandatory in BMC led schools atleast twice a week. “Vande Mataram should be made compulsory in municipal aided schools at least twice a week. It should be done in order to keep patriotism alive in future generations” said Patel, reported by ANI. He proposed the idea subsequent to the Madras High Court’s July order stating singing national songs in all educational institutions atleast once in a week must be followed.
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BMC taking Patel’s idea seriously has made it clear that singing ‘Vande Mataram’ in BMC aided schools will be mandatory. The proposal will go to Maharashtra Government for its final approval, post which the idea will be implemented across BMC schools. Mumbai Mayor, Vishwanath Mahadeshwar also supported the idea of singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ in BMC run schools atleast twice a week.
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BMC may succeed in implementing the ‘idea’ since BJP is in full support of its idea and Shiv Sena and BJP are in power in Maharashtra. Speaking to news agency ANI, S. Prakash, BJP spokesperson said, “Vande Mataram is a national song; singing it in schools will not be a problem rather would bring more love for the country. Be it in the parliament or any gathering that we have Vande Mataram has always sung or played, I don’t find any problem in it. We should not make any controversy even on national song or anthem”. BJP’s national level rival party, Congress seems to like the idea but stated that it needs people’s consents. All India Majlis-e-ittihadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi called the idea ‘unconstitutional’ and accused BJP of promoting ‘Hindutva’ through this resolution.