The controversy over
recital on Tuesday led to pandemonium in the Lok Sabha and repeated clashes between NDA and Left members forced two adjournments of the House.
Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh said the government had never said singing of the national song would be 'compulsory' on September 7, when the country celebrates its centenary.
Meanwhile members of BJP, Shiv Sena and Trinamool Congress created an uproar, alleging that the statement by a religious leader that a particular community will not recite the national song amounted to 'insult' to the country and martyrs.
The Opposition created uproar as soon as the House met for the day.
Singh said the decision to celebrate the song's centenary had been taken at an all-party meeting.
The minister said he had written to all Chief Ministers that Vande Mataram should be sung on September 7 en masse but "I never said anybody should be forced to recite it".
BJP and Shiv Sena members were not satisfied with the minister's reply and alleged that he had committed disrespect to the nation, for which he should apologise.
The House witnessed repeated clashes between BJP-Shiv Sena and Left members, forcing the Speaker to adjourn it till 11.30 am.
When the House met again, similar scenes were witnessed for about 20 minutes after which the Chair adjourned it till noon.