Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janta Party legislator, Raj Purohit told the media that he will speak to the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis suggesting that he too introduce a policy on the lines of Madras High Court to make compulsory singing of Vande Mataram. He spoke this on the premises of the state legislative assembly, but on the floor of the house.
However this speaking to the media was sufficient to create a controversy and upset the members of the minority community who have said it is against the religion and constitution to sing the song.
Speaking of the judiciary, president of Samajwadi Party (Maharashtra) Abu Asim Azmi said that they are toeing the line of the Rashtriya Swayam Sangh (RSS) and are allowing the society to get polarised which they should not be doing.
“I am a true follower of Islam and singing vande mataram is against my religion and also against the constitution. A true Muslim will never sing,” He slammed suggestion that it could invite arrest. “When the country partitioned it was nowhere said that if we stayed back in India we will have to sing Vande Mataram. I don’t care whether you throw me out of the country or shoot me,” said Azmi.
The legislator of All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen or AIMIM, Waris Pathan too said he would not sing. “Even in gun point we will not sign it,” said Pathan.
The Shiv Sena, an ally in Maharashtra government skirting controversy criticised the minority community legislators and said they are traitors. “They are traitors, they need to know that it is desh bhakti song which our soldiers die saying,” said Diwakar Raote, minister for transport.
A Congress legislator who did not wished to be named said, the members of minority community need to maintain self control. “The fact is these legislators and majority members are deliberately trying to provoke a controversy. One needs to apply prudence and not comment, as this is being done deliberately to polarise the society,” said the Congress legislator.