The year 2019 started on a controversial note for the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. The controversy is that officials in the Secretariat did not sing Vande Mataram–the National song–on January 1.
For past 13 years, there has been a practice where government officials would sing Vande Mataram on the first day of every month before starting the day’s work. The practice was started by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP, which is now in the Opposition, said ending the tradition is “unfortunate”. Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “It is unfortunate that the new Congress government has ended this tradition. I demand that it should be reintroduced.”
He said if the government fails to restore the practice, he would sing Vande Mataram “with patriots” at the Vallabh Bhavan (Secretariat).
“I have decided that I will sing Vande Matram inside the [Secretariat] premises at 11 am on January 6,” he told news agency ANI.
Kamal Nath refuses to budge on putting Vande Mataram's recitation in M.P Secretariat on hold, even as predecessor Shivraj Chouhan demands restoration of 14-year-old traditionhttps://t.co/CYuBVtAozM
— Republic (@republic) January 2, 2019
Is it not a trend? Vande Mataram blocked in Madhya Pradesh Secretariat; opposing Gujarat move to say Jai Hind; stopping Bharat Mata Ki Jai & replacing with Sonia Mata ki Jai; calling Vande Mataram communal; but standing with TukdeTukdeGang that says Bharat tere tukde honge!
— Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) January 2, 2019
After Madhya Pradesh government decided to put the order to recite Vande Mataram in the Secretariat on hold, Former MP Shivraj Singh Chouhan said he will sing Vande Mataram in the premises at 11 am on January 6
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) January 2, 2019