BJP Demands Singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ to Be Made Mandatory in BMC-Run Schools

BJP Demands Singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ to Be Made Mandatory in BMC-Run Schools

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that all schools run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) should make the singing of Vande Mataram mandatory. 

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The BJP has further asked for Vande Mataram to be recited during the start of statutory committee meetings at the BMC. The party has said that it will launch a protest if the civic body does not approve this proposal. The BJP has alleged that Shiv Sena is not treating this proposal seriously to appease its current alliance partners, the NCP and Congress.

BJP corporator Prabhakar Shinde said, “The proposal has been pending since August 10, 2019, when it was first tabled by BJP corporator Sandeep Patel. The municipal commissioner gave his remarks and forwarded it to the general body for approval. But when it was brought before the general body in January 2020, the Mayor did not take it up.”

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Shinde has written to Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Wednesday asking for quick approval of the proposal. This comes as corporator Sandeep Patel had reportedly proposed the idea as many as three times.

Shinde demanded that the proposal be tabled and passed at the next civic general body meeting on January 18.

The BJP has previously accused Shiv Sena of backtracking on its Hindutva stance, leading to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray issuing a retort against his party’s former coalition partner. 

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