New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will hear today a petition seeking equal status to the National Anthem (Vande Mataram) for the National Anthem (Jan Gana Mana). The petition has sought equal status to Vande Mataram for the national anthem. In fact, the petition was filed by BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay.
The petitioner said that the Vande Matarn didn't get equal status and therefore court should intervene in the matter. In the petition, Upadhyay demanded that Vand Mataram should be played as the national anthem in all schools. At the same time, there is a demand for a national policy. It may be noted that some religious organisations have protested against the necessity of the national song. He says that the national song praises the nation as a mother, which is not allowed in his monotheistic religion.
Religious organizations say it cannot be imposed like a decree. Earlier in 2017, the Supreme Court had held that under Article 51A of the Constitution, the fundamental duty mentions only the national anthem and the national flag, so the national song (Vande Mataram) cannot be made mandatory.