Vande Mataram row: BJYM assails Arjun
ACTIVISTS OF the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) expressed their resentment over the reluctance of the minority community to sing Vande Mataram and handed over a memorandum to City Magistrate Abrar Ahmad on Wednesday.Updated: Aug 24, 2006 01:32 IST
ACTIVISTS OF the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) expressed their resentment over the reluctance of the minority community to sing Vande Mataram and handed over a memorandum to City Magistrate Abrar Ahmad on Wednesday.
The activists assembled outside the District Court at around 12 noon and staged a demonstration in protest against Union Minister for Human Resource Development Arjun Singh, for backtracking on the Vande Mataram issues. The agitators also sang Vande Mataram at the gates of the district court to emphasise their annoyance.
They said opposition to Vande Matram was an insult to freedom fighters who had laid down their lives for the country’s independence. They also assailed the Congress for the controversy and accused late Jawahar Lal Nehru and Congress president Sonia Gandhi of opposing the national song. Union minister Arjun Singh as lambasted for favouring members of a particular community and creating unnecessary controversy over the singing of Vande Mataram.
Addressing the gathering, district president of the Morcha Srikrishna Dixit held the Congress Party responsible for kicking up the controversy.
“ Vande Matram is not related to any god or goddess but is a song in praise of the nation. Therefore, no one should have any objection in singing it,” stated Dixit.
A demand for passing of a resolution in Parliament, making the rendition of Vande Matram in schools compulsory was also raised by the BJYM activists.
Senior activist of the Morcha Neelima Katiyar said a statewide agitation would be launched by the BJYM to take the issue to the masses.
A memorandum addressed to the President and the Governor was also handed over to the City Magistrate, demanding compulsory rendition of Vande Matram in all schools. The agitators also demanded action under the National Security Act against those opposing the song and cancellation of their citizenship.
Prominent among those present on the occasion were Shambhu Nath Mishra, Ajay Diwakar, Bachcha Babu and Amit Batham, among others.
First Published: Aug 24, 2006 01:32 IST