Following directions from the BJP national leadership, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Thursday said rendition of
should be mandatory in all educational institutions in the state as it is the national song.
"Vande Mataram is a national song, and its rendition is mandatory," he told reporters at both Koderma and Giridih in reply to a question whether it would be mandatory to sing it in all educational institutions.
Munda, who was in the two district headquarters to lay the foundation stones of development projects, said there should not be any controversy on the national song.
The chief minister's statement comes close on the heels of BJP president Rajnath Singh publicly stating that the party would ask all the BJP-ruled states to make rendition of Vande Mataram mandatory in educational institutions.
BJP Jharkhand unit president Yadunath Pandey said directions to this effect have already been sent to various party forums to ensure the rendition of the song.
Commenting on the decision, spokesman of BJP's alliance partner JD (U), Pramod Mishra said each individual should feel proud to sing the national song, but nobody should impose it.
Observing that the issue was being politicised, former chief minister Babulal Marandi said in Giridih that Parliament session begins with the national anthem and concludes with Vande Mataram, and there was never any controvery on it.
But Marandi opposed BJP's move to bring the anti-conversion bill to stop forced conversions in the state.