Mumbai: The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly witnessed ruckus over the issue of singing Vande Matarm, on Friday, when Eknath Khadse, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator, told the Samajwadi Party legislator Abu Azmi that he would have to sing Vande Mataram if he wishes to stay in this country.
BJP legislator from Dhule Anil Gote raised the issue in the lower house of the legislature, saying that statements have been made in the Assembly premises and an explanation needs to be sought from the members who have opposed the singing of Vande Mataram. Azmi then reiterated his stand on the issue. “Islam doesn’t allow me to worship anybody other than the almighty Allah. Vande Mataram talks of worshipping the motherland and hence no pious Muslim can sing the patriotic song,” he said. He also urged the members of the house citing several references from the history and freedom struggle that Muslims should not be branded as anti-nationals.
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?” “Muslims are part of this country. They are dependent on this motherland from birth to burial and hence they should sing Vande Matarm or else leave the country,” he said. The controversy was kicked off on
The controversy was kicked off on Thursday when BJP MLA Raj Purohit, while reacting to questions related to a Madras High Court judgement, told the media that he would insist on the state government introducing a policy to make singing of Vande Mataram compulsory. While Azmi had said that his religion does not permit him to sing the song though he personally admires the song very much, AIMIM legislature Waris Pathan SAID he would not sing “Even while held at gun point”.