The BJP Parliamentary Party on Tuesday decided to protest against the 'insult' of Vande Mataram by Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh, who said singing of the national song was voluntary.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of BJP MPs, presided over by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at the Parliament Annexe.
"When it is an established convention that even the Parliament has to conclude its session with the singing of Vande Mataram, Singh has insulted the sentiments of freedom fighters and the struggle by saying that singing of this song by Muslim students is voluntary," BJP Parliamentary Party Spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra told newspersons.
He said the party would also be taking up the issue of "insult of the indigenous communities like Jats and Sikhs by describing them as gangsters and looters" in the NCERT text prescribed for schoolchildren. "Even the Hindu Gods and Goddesses are projected in a vulgar manner and such insults can never be tolerated," he said.
Addressing the meeting, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha LK Advani commended the way in which the BJP was able to corner the Government on various issues, including the Indo-US Nuclear deal, exposing the corruption in oil deal involving the Congress Party and its President, price rise, blasts in Mumbai by terrorists.
"The party would aggressively oppose the government designs to increase the prices of petroleum products, including kerosene and LPG besides the food grains. Our fight will not be confined to the Parliament but to the nook and corners of the whole country," he added.