Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh):Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesdaystrongly said that the 109 MLAs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) willrecite ‘Vande Mataram’ at the Secretariat and then take oath on January 7. Hisresponse came a day after the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the statedecided to stop the previous BJP government’s tradition of reciting ‘VandeMataram’ on the first working day of every month.
Chouhantold ANI: “All of our 109 MLAs will recite ‘Vande Mataram’ at the MadhyaPradesh Secretariat in Bhopal on January 7. After that, our MLAs will takeoath.” While defending the move to put on hold the recital of ‘VandeMataram’, Nath said on Tuesday: “We have no intentions of breaking orprotesting against the national song. The order to recite Vande Mataram in theSecretariat on the first day of the month has been put on hold. A decision hasbeen taken to implement the order in a new form. Those who do not recite VandeMataram are not patriots?” “We believe that we are nationalists byhearts. One cannot become patriotic by reciting Vande Mataram for oneday,” he added. The Madhya Pradesh assembly session is slated to begin onJanuary 7, with the oath-taking by the newly-elected MLAs.