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Digvijay supports Gaur on Vande Matram
Milli Gazette Online
Bhopal: Brushing aside protests from the Opposition, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Babulal Gaur at a recent cabinet meeting cleared the decision to make rendering of the song Vande Matram for government employees compulsory on the first working day of every month. Government school students will sing the song daily.
Leader of the Opposition (Congress) Jamuna Devi said that the state government was trying to push forward its Hindutva agenda. Devi also criticised former chief minister Digvijay Singh who reportedly approved of the singing of the song in government offices.
Devi said that it was embarrassing that a key Congress leader like Mr Singh had come out in support of the BJP government over an issue which was an integral part of the RSS agenda. The Sangh created a fear psychosis among tribals and minorities that those opposed to Vande Matram should leave the country, she said. If Mr Singh was a genuine admirer of the anthem, it was strange he never allowed its singing during his 10-year tenure. Devi clarified that it wasn’t that she had anything against Vande Matram. What was distasteful was the BJP’s desire to use it as political tool.
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