SP Leader, Abu Azmi, And Waris Pathan Refuse To Sing 'Vande Mataram'

Raj-Purohit

There was fracas in the Maharashtra Assembly on Friday with Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi squaring off against the ruling party MLAs over singing of "Vande Mataram".

"A true Muslim is one who listens only to the Allah...", Pathan replied as he chanted slogans "Hindustan Zindabad", "Jai Hind".

Picking up the cue, senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse then asked Azmi, "If patriots of all religions sang Vande Mataram alike, what prevents some of them from singing it in free India?".

"I will urge Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that Maharashtra should adopt a policy on the lines of the Madras High Court judgement making singing of "Vande Mataram" compulsory", Purohit told media persons here.

Congress MLA Aslam Shaikh said, "There are two versions of Vande Mataram; and after the Independence, the government is forcing one version on us".

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Purohit demanded that the AIMIM be banned and its MLAs be disqualified. "It is a patriotic song and it should not be opposed by people like Abu Azmi", Gote said. SP MLA Abu Azmi said, "I respect Vande Matram but it can not be forced on me or anybody, even if they hold a knife to my throat".

This ugly spat took place after the Madras High Court ruled that Vande Mataram must be played in all schools, colleges and universities in the state at least once a week.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has asserted that one can not be branded as a traitor just because they refuse to sing "Vande Mataram".

BJP MLA from Dhule, Anil Gote raised the issue in the Assembly saying that statements have been made in the Vidhan Bhavan complex and an explanation needs to be sought from the members who have opposed singing of Vande Mataram.

Azmi maintained that he was against the demand for making singing of Vande Mataram compulsory."I am opposing any move to make singing of Vande Mataram mandatory".

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