Lucknow: Firebrand BJP leader and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that not singing Vande Mataram shows "prejudiced mind". The statement is likely to stoke fresh controversy in the backdrop of recent move by many municipal corporations to make Vande Mataram compulsory.
Speaking at a book release function Yogi said that not singing Vande Mataram is a serious issue which needs to be addressed. "Some people are today saying that they will not sing Vande Mataram. Not singing Vande Mataram is a serious issue," he said.Yogi Adityanath said. "Not singing Vande Mataram shows a prejudiced mind. This is a matter of concern. Everyone should sing Vande Mataram," he added.
However, Yogi was quick to add that 'not singing Vande Mataram' should not be the most discussed topic, and his government's prime focus was development.
Vande Matram has taken centrestage in UP politics after some members of the municipal corporation in Meerut refused to sing Vande Mataram.Similar scenes were
witnessed in Allahabad municipal corporation, when the BJP proposed make vande Mataram mandatory at the start of the proceedings of the House. Here also, the Samajwadi Party members opposed the move.
Bareli and Varanasi municipal corporations too have witnessed protests over Vande Mataram