Vandemataram Row: Kamal Nath set to reintroduce practice with cosmetic changes - watsupptoday.com
Vandemataram Row: Kamal Nath set to reintroduce practice with cosmetic changes
Posted 03 Jan 2019 01:59 PM

Agencies
After announcing to put on hold a 13-year-old tradition of singing Vande Mataram at the Madhya Pradesh secretariat on the first working day of every month, Chief Minister Kamal Nath has finally given in to pressure from the BJP.

He has now announced to reintroduce the practice with "cosmetic changes".

From now on at 10:45 am on the first working day of every month, a police band will play the tunes that encourage patriotic feelings during its march from Shaurya Samarak to the secretariat. Non-officials and employees would also be encouraged to join in the march. On reaching mantralaya, employees would sing Vande Mataram and the national anthem. All members of the cabinet would also participate.

The Congress after coming to power in the state last month announced to put on hold the tradition introduced by the previous Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, much to the chagrin of the BJP.

The BJP, which is now in the Opposition, came down heavily on the government, calling it an "unfortunate" development. Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, "It is unfortunate that the new Congress government has ended this tradition. I demand that it should be reintroduced."

He also said if the government fails to restore the practice, he would sing Vande Mataram "with patriots" at the Vallabh Bhavan (Secretariat).

"I have decided that I will sing Vande Matram inside the [Secretariat] premises at 11 am on January 6," he said.

Kamal Nath, on the other hand, said the decision to put the practice on hold was neither taken with any political motive, nor was the Congress against singing Vande Mataram.

He assured the people that the state government has not decided to end the practice of singing Vande Mataram. "The order is on hold and will be reintroduced in a new form, he added.

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