Lucknow, April 8: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday spoke on the controversy of Vande Mataram which took place in his state last month. Yogi said singing the national anthem has become the talk of the town as some of the people do not wish to sing it.
Speaking at the launch of the book ‘Governor’s guide’, Yogi said,”We want to take the country forward in the 21st century, but the main issue which is in front of us is that will we sing national anthem or not? And this is a matter of grave concern”. Yogi further added that to come out of this narrow mindedness we all need to look for a single path. “To let a citizen know about his duties towards his nation we need to guide him through books, which is of utmost importance as of now,” added the UP CM.
As per India today, on March 30, the mayor of Meerut, Harikant Ahluwalia had asked Muslim councillors to not to attend city’s Municipal Corporation meetings after they had refused to sing Vande Mataram. Some of the Muslim councillors had allegedly left the Meerut Municipal Corporation House after some of the corporation members started singing the national anthem and then a proposal to end their membership was passed in the corporation house.
The Mayor, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, had put forward this proposal of termination and mentioned that doors of the House will be shut for those who oppose the Vande Mataram. To this, the Muslims members had said that they will not sing the national anthem as the Sharia law does not permit them to do so and they will knock the doors of court if necessary.