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Resolution passed to make 'Vande Mataram' mandatory in BMC schools

Friday, August 11, 2017
By Parth Khatau (Inputs by Stefy Thevar)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation passed a notice yesterday to make the singing of 'Vande Mataram' mandatory in all its schools, subject to approval of the state government. The matter, that came up in the state assembly created ripples and shouts of disagreement with many leaders even choosing to walk out.

Indian National Congress, Municipal Councillor, Sufiyan Niyaz A. Vanu said, "The Shiv Sena and BJP's 'Gundagiuri' in passing the 'Vande Mataram' resolution without any discussion in the house was wrong. I had a big argument with the Mayor, before tearing the agenda, placing it on his table and walking out of the house against this notice."

"The corporation process rules 41 and 504 (CPR) clearly state that only matters about public amenities must be brought up in the state assembly and not that of communities and religion," he added.

Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta said, “The proposal was passed by the general body and now it has to come to administration. Once it comes to us we will see how to handle it. I cannot comment before it comes to my table”

Mumbai Samajwadi Party (SP) Corporator, Rais Shaikh, who is also against the resolution also said that the way this notice was passed amounted to 'Dadagiri'. "We chose to walk out of the assembly because the way this notice was imposed was wrong. We are not against 'Vande Mataram' and we respect it for the patriotic song it is. However, it is not our national anthem that it should be made compulsory. The notice shall be passed only if the commissioner approves it and I highly doubt he will," he added.

If made mandatory, children in BMC schools shall be made to sing both the national anthem and 'Vande Mataram'.

This proposal has come following the Madras High Court's decision to make the singing of 'Vande Mataram' compulsory in schools and government offices all across Tamil Nadu.

We are not against ‘Vande Mataram’ and we respect it for the patriotic song it is. However, it is not our national anthem that it should be made compulsory.
— Rais Shaikh, Mumbai Samajwadi Party (SP) Corporator

The Shiv Sena and BJP’s ‘Gundagiuri’ in passing the ‘Vande Mataram’ resolution without any discussion in the house was wrong.
— Sufiyan Niyaz A. Vanu, Indian National Congress, Municipal Councilor

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