No one shall be forced to sing 'Vande Mataram': BBM chief Prakash Ambedkar

BBM chief Prakash Ambedkar also criticised Congress and said that his party won’t break alliance with AIMIM

No one shall be forced to sing 'Vande Mataram': BBM chief Prakash Ambedkar
BBM President Prakash Ambedkar addressing a rally

After forming a pre-poll alliance with All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM), Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) president Prakash Ambedkar endorsed the views of its ally and said that no one shall be forced to sing the national song - Vande Mataram.

While addressing the gathering at Parbhani, Ambedkar criticised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for calling out those who refuse to sing the national song as “non-Indians”. 

BJP is not eligible to label people on the basis of this, added Ambedkar. We already have our national anthem so what is the use of creating another? Ambedkar asked. Earlier, AIMIM took a stand to not sing the national song which created a huge controversy in the country’s polity.  

Ahead of Maharashtra Elections next year, the BBM chief decided to form an alliance – Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi - including the oppressed segments. While Congress was not happy with Ambedkar forming an alliance with AIMIM, the BBM chief said that he is open to form a coalition with Congress. 

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However, while addressing the crowd, Ambedkar took a dig at Congress for delaying in finalising the decision regarding alliance for the upcoming polls and, adamantly, said that his party is unwilling to break alliance with AIMIM to please Congress. 

Earlier, I was informed by Maharashtra Congress leaders that the decision to tie up will be taken in Delhi. However, nothing has happened since the last two months. This implies that Congress is not happy with our Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi,” BBM chief Prakash Ambedkar asserted.

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