BMC clears proposal to make singing Vande Mataram compulsory in schools

BMC passes notice of motion to make Vande Matram compulsory in civic schools

The BMC today cleared a proposal by a BJP corporator who wanted "Vande Mataram" to be made mandatory in all civic schools in Mumbai. Now, the proposal will be sent to the BMC civic chief for his opinion.

The proposal was passed exactly a year after the BMC passed another controversial proposal to make yoga and surya namaskar mandatory in civic schools. Therefore, I strongly felt that the BMC should consider this proposal, " said Patel adding that he was also of the opinion that the song should be sung in all BMC statutory committee meetings.

Patel said, "To encourage patriotic feelings among citizens, we should make [singing] Vande Mataram compulsory twice a week in all schools and colleges run by BMC". "We walked out after the proposal was passed without a debate".

The notice of motion moved by BJP corporator Sandeep Patel was passed in the general body meeting of elected representatives without any discussion, alleged corporators.


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. Speaking to HT, the corporator from Goregaon said, "Singing the song will ensure civic students feel patriotic about their country".

"The word "vandan" means puja and puja is synonymous with Durga Puja".

Senior BJP MLA Raj Purohit had said he would meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and seek the latter's intervention to make it compulsory for everybody to sing the national song at any event."I will raise the demand in the House as well. That is why I opposed the proposal", Shaikh was quoted saying.

"We are not against Vande Mataram, but making it compulsory is undemocratic".

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