Vande Mataram in BMC schools: Plan heads after mayor's nod

BMC passes notice of motion to make Vande Matram compulsory in civic schools

Patel said, "To encourage patriotic feelings among citizens, we should make [singing] Vande Mataram compulsory twice a week in all schools and colleges run by BMC".

The proposal will now be forwarded to the BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta, and will come into effect after he gives his administrative nod. "You may shoot me or throw me out of the country, but we will not sing it", he said. "To instil a sense of patriotism among the youth, they need to remember the period of freedom struggle", he said. The Shiv Sena and BJP supported it, after which mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar passed it. He also said that he would write to Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar, requesting him to make singing the national song compulsory in all central schools. Therefore, making Vande Matarm mandatory in civic-schools, which includes several Urdu-medium schools, is being opposed strongly. "Everybody should recite Vande Mataram, but if it is not recited what will go wrong?" he had asked.

According to the Newspaper, Despite repeated attempts, Tawde remained unavailable for comment.The oppositionMuslim corporators and leaders have said the word "Vandan" refers to worship and a Muslim worships no other God but Allah.

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It is to be mentioned here, last month, Purohit had heated arguments with MLAs - Abu Asim Azmi of Samajwadi Party and Waris Pathan of Owaisi brothers-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen - over this issue.

"I will urge Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that Maharashtra should adopt a policy on the lines of the Madras High Court judgement making singing of Vande Mataram compulsory", Purohit informed the media.

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