The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to kick off its national executive meeting on Thursday by stoking the raging fire over Vande Mataram, saying that singing merely two stanzas wouldn't do and everybody would have to sing the complete song.
Putting several important issues on the backburner, including increasing dissensions in the party, the BJP made the announcement on Wednesday on the eve of the centenary of the national song.
This comes despite the fact that even the Constituent Assembly had asked for singing of only the first two stanzas of the national song.
A section of minorities have expressed reservation over that as well.
"As a part of the centenary celebrations, all those present in the national executive, including senior party leaders, would sing the full national song as a mark of respect towards this vibrant symbol of nationalism," party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
"The mention of Goddess Durga in Vande Mataram in its last few lines should not hurt anyone's sentiments. It doesn't promote idolatry as here Durga is a symbol of Mother India," he added
According to party insiders, this is a clear indication that the party wants to carry the issue forward and spur a debate on the issue of nationalism and patriotism as it had done in early 1990s.
All party units have been told to hold programmes at 11 am on Thursday to sing the national song. These programmes would be held at district and block levels wherever possible, BJP sources said.