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BJP to go all-out for Vande Mataram

The national song and the Ram temple issue will top the party's agenda for UP polls due in 2007. Will this help the party?

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 14:56 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

As part of its efforts to re-establish itself as a party espousing the RSS' core Hindutva ideology, BJP has announced that

Vande Mataram

and the Ram temple would be core issues in the UP Assembly polls due early in 2007.

"The UP government is helping outlawed SIMI, an organisation which is behind the Mumbai blasts. The distortions in NCERT textbooks and the disrespect shown by the Congress towards Vande Mataram would all be election issues," BJP leader Vinay Katiyar said.

His comments came in the wake of Muslim opposition to the singing of Vande Mataram at schools on September 7 to mark the centenary of the adoption of the national song.

BJP has accused Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh of surrendering to anti-national forces by declaring that there would be no compulsion on schoolchildren to sing the national song.

Katityar said his party could also take out a yatra as part of its UP election campaign.

"We will chalk out our programme very soon," he said.

First Published: Aug 26, 2006 09:04 IST