Debating India

Worst form of appeasement, says BJP

Tuesday 29 August 2006

Special Correspondent

Condemns Arjun Singh’s decision on recitation of "Vande Mataram"

Speaker’s nod sought for reciting song on Parliament House premises BJP national executive meet at Dehra Dun to begin with recitation of song Rajnath writes to BJP-ruled States to recite song on September 7

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party has described as the "worst form of appeasement" Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh’s decision not to make mandatory the singing of "Vande Mataram" in educational institutions across the country on September 7 to mark its centenary year.

Talking to reporters here on Monday, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said the party condemned the Minister’s decision to withdraw earlier notification on reciting the song after two `ulemas’ in Hyderabad and the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid expressed reservations saying that it was against `Islamic sentiments.’

"No credible group or scholars or even the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board have taken any decision on the issue," he said. The flip-flop by Mr. Singh was only because of three people, Mr. Prasad said, adding that he was sure all Muslims would sing the national song.

Permission sought

The BJP minority morcha had sought permission from Lok Sabha Speaker for reciting the song on the Parliament House premises on September 5 where over 200 Muslim activists were expected to gather.

Also, BJP president Rajnath Singh had written to all BJP-ruled States to recite "Vande Mataram" at the State and district party headquarters on September 7. The national executive meeting of the party at Dehra Dun on the day would also begin with the recitation of the song.

All BJP Chief Ministers had been asked to direct educational institutions in the States to recite the song as a true finale to Vande Mataram’s commemoration year.

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