Mumbai, Aug 11: A day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) passed a notice of motion to make ‘Vande Mataram’, the national song of India, compulsory in all schools run by them, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Raj Purohit demanded that singing Vande Mataram should be made mandatory in schools, colleges and government offices all over India.
As per reports, Purohit also said that he will speak to the union minister Prakash Jawedkar regarding this demand. (ALSO READ: ‘Vande Mataram’ to be Compulsory in BMC Run Schools, Notice of Motion Sent to Maharashtra Government)
His demand reportedly received support from the Shiv Sena. The party MLA Sunil Prabhu was quoted as saying by India Today, “Is desh me rehna hoga, Vande Matram kehna hoga (If you want to live in India, chant Vande Matram).”
Meanwhile, if reports are to be believed, this notice of motion will be sent to the Maharashtra Government for final decision and thereafter, it will be implemented. Notably, it was opposed by members of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-Ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM).
A similar notice was passed by the Madras High Court in July, which made singing of the song compulsory in all schools across Tamil Nadu. As per this order, all educational institutions in the state should ensure that the students sing the national song at least twice a week.