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Striking different notes

The Hindutva brigade has lapped up the Vande Mataram issue and on Monday, took out protest rallies in different parts of the State against Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh?s volte-face on the compulsory singing of the National Song.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 01:37 IST

BJP, VHP raise pitch

The Hindutva brigade has lapped up the Vande Mataram issue and on Monday, took out protest rallies in different parts of the State against Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh’s volte-face on the compulsory singing of the National Song.

In Gorakhpur, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath has demanded that recital of Vande Mataram should be made compulsory in every educational institution. He condemned those who were opposed to recital of Vande Mataram.

He called upon the nationalist forces to give a befitting reply to those who were opposed to Vande Mataram recital. Adityanath condemned the political parties for creating confusion over the song. He claimed that recital of the national song during the freedom struggle generated a current of patriotism.

In Kanpur, the out-of-power Hinduvta brigade is going hi-tech to make the most out of the issue.

To explain their stand, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal (BD) have decided to use SMSes and the Internet.