The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday cleared a proposal making singing of Vande Mataram mandatory in civic schools.
The decision was taken during the BMC’s general body meeting, chaired by Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar.
The proposal, however, was sternly opposed by the Samajwadi party in the BMC who claimed that by making a song compulsory would mean worshipping the motherland however in the Muslim community they do not worship anyone apart from ‘Allah’.
BJP corporator Sandeep Patel said , ” The song as such would only increase patriotism in the minds of children. Therefore, I strongly felt that the BMC should consider this proposal.”
He added that the song should be sung in all BMC statutory committee meetings.
“While I am not opposed to singing Of Vande Mataram but there is no need for making it mandatory in BMC schools. I also love my motherland but according to our religion ‘vandan’ is allowed only for ‘Allah and no one else. Therefore, this proposal being passed upset us greatly,” said Shaikh who along with his other party corporators staged a walkout from the BMC.