New Delhi: A Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) from Assam has moved a private member’s bill for the inclusion of ‘North-East’ in the national anthem. Also Assam Pradesh Congress Party President, Ripun Bora said the bill has already been accepted and registered in the Rajya Sabha to be tabled up in the next session. (Also read: Pak Man Sings India’s National Anthem During Asia Cup)

In an exclusive interview with Zee media, Bora said that he had also brought another private member’s bill last year, demanding that ‘Sindh’ be removed from the national anthem and replaced with North-East. However, then he found out that even though Sindh wasn’t a party of independent India lakhs of Sindhis live here and the bill could be disrespectful towards them so he decided to bring another private member bill, this time seeking inclusion of ‘North-East’ without removing ‘Sindh’ from the national anthem.

Bora said he felt that the people of the region also played a role in the freedom struggle under the then Bengal Province. He said since it was a private bill, there was no need for the party high command’s nod.

People of the region were an integral part of India so he was sure his private member’s bill would get the approval of not just his own party but by all parties during the next session of Parliament.

Bora said there was a constitutional provision for amendment in the national anthem so there would not be any disrespect to the poet of the national anthem, Ravindra Nath Tagore, said the people of the region felt isolated so it was necessary to bring about a change in the national anthem so that N-E also finds a mention in it.