Vande Mataram a must in BMC-run schools

ST Correspondent
Friday, 11 August 2017

When BJP MLA Raj Purohit demanded that Vande Mataram should be made compulsory in BMC schools, it was rejected. Now the notice of motion was tabled by BJP corporator Sandeep Patel and passed by the majority.

MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) passed a resolution making the singing of Vande Mataram  compulsory in all BMC-run schools, 

The BMC General Body passed a notice of motion to make Vande Mataram compulsory at BMC-run schools. Now, the proposal will be sent to the BMC civic chief for his opinion.

When BJP MLA Raj Purohit demanded that Vande Mataram should be made compulsory in BMC schools, it was rejected. Now the notice of motion was tabled by BJP corporator Sandeep Patel and passed by the majority. 

“It will be sent to the State government for  final decision,” said  Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, who belongs to the Shiv Sena.

When the proposal was announced in the House the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress members demanded a discussion. 

SP leader in the BMC, Rais Sheikh sought a vote on it, but the demands were rejected and the proposal was cleared.

The SP protested against the proposal and walked out from the meeting. Sheikh said, “It’s a murder of the democracy by the BJP and Shiv Sena in BMC.” 

Following the Madras High Court ruling making the singing of Vande Mataram mandatory in schools in Tamil Nadu, Sandeep Patel, a BJP corporator from P South ward of the BMC  demanded that singing of the national song be made compulsory in civic-run schools. Patel filed a notice of motion (NM) regarding it.

According to the proposal, now all the civic school students must sing Vande Mataram at least twice a week. Patel has demanded that the national song be sung before all BMC committee meetings.

Patel said the move will help create a sense of patriotism in every citizen. 

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