Shivraj Slams Congress After MP Govt Puts Temporary Ban On Vande Mataram ‘Tradition’

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| January 2 , 2019 , 12:05 IST

BJP’s former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has slammed the Congress government for putting the decision on hold. Chouhan said it is unfortunate that Congress ended this tradition.

The Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh decided to put on hold the previous BJP government's tradition to recite the national song in the secretariat on the first working day of every month.

Chouhan wrote in a series of tweets, "The song renders new energy to the patriotism present in the hearts of people. This is extremely unfortunate that the Congress has ended this convention."

"Today, Vande Mataram was not sung... Congress perhaps has forgotten that governments come and go, but there is nothing more important than the country and patriotism. I demand that the song is sung before a cabinet meeting as always, and it should also be sung at Vallabh Bhawan on the first day of the month."

Talking to ANI, Chouhan said, "I made an appeal to the Chief Minister and Congress party to not break the tradition and recite the song at the Secretariat with pride. Vande Mataram is not just a song, it is a mantra that was used by the revolutionaries to make this country free from British's control. The government keeps coming and going but one should know that the nation comes first."

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He further added, "We believe that we are nationalist by hearts. One can't become patriotic by reciting Vande Mataram for one day. BJP should stop doing politics on nationalism. These issues are taken up to distract common men from the real issues of poverty, corruption and unemployment.”

BJP workers held a protest outside the Secretariat against Chief Minister Kamal Nath over Vande Mataram row on Wednesday.