The national song of "Vande Mataram" not being sung on the first working day of January at Madhya Pradesh secretariat has triggered a argue between the grand old Congress party and BJP in the state.
Singing of the national song in the Mantralaya or secretariat on the first working day of every month has been the rule since the time of former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan government of the BJP.
Addressing the issue Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath stated that the order "has been put on hold". The CM also said that a decision has been taken to execute the order in a new form. He also questioned if those who don't recite the Vande Mataram are not patriots.
"The order to recite Vande Mataram in the Secretariat on the first day of the month has been put on hold. A decision has been taken to implement the order in a new form. Those who do not recite Vande Mataram are not patriots?" the CM asked.
On the other hand Speaking on the order, former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated, "It's a mantra that instills a sense of patriotism and so the BJP government had decided that we'll start weekly cabinet meetings with it and that it'll be sung at Vallabh Bhavan (Secretariat) on the first day of every month."
"It's unfortunate that Congress ended this tradition. I demand Congress government to reintroduce this and if they don't do it, I will sing Vande Mataram with patriots at Vallabh Bhavan. I've decided that I will sing Vande Mataram in the premises at 11 am on January 6," Former CM Chouhan added.
Speaking on the issue The state unit BJP spokesman Rajneesh Agrawal tweeted that the rendition of Vande Mataram is organized by the state general administration department (GAD), a portfolio conducted by Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
"Has it been on his direction? He (Nath) has recently said that he does not care for criticism. Is there going to be a ban on 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' chant (sic)," he wrote on his twitter handle.
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