New Delhi [India], Aug. 11 (ANI): After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) passed a resolution making singing of Vande Mataram compulsory in all BMC-run schools, the Congress on Friday came out in its support, asserting that it is a good decision, but people's consent is needed.
Speaking to ANI, Congress leader PL Punia said, "The BMC has just passed a resolution; no decision has been made yet. But making Vande Mataram singing compulsory in all BMC-run schools is a good act and decision. But for that everyone's consent on it should also be made valid. When it is played in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha or in any gathering the respect that the song gets is amazing. Vande Mataram gives you goosebumps when you feel it from the heart".
Yesterday, the BMC issued a notice making the singing of Vande Mataram compulsory in all BMC run schools.
Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said in a statement that all the BMC-run schools will have to sing 'Vande Mataram' twice a week.
The proposal will be sent to the Maharashtra Government for a final approval.
This comes after the Madras High Court had in July ordered the singing of the national song in all educational institutions at least once in a week.
Subsequently, BJP leader Sandeep Patel, proposed that idea the BMC should also pass a similar order.
He said, "Vande Mataram should be made compulsory in municipal aided schools at least twice a week. It should be done in order to keep patriotism alive in future generations."
Earlier, Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi Waris Pathan had opposed the idea of making students sing Vande Mataram in the State assembly.(ANI)