Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday hit out at those refusing to sing the national song ‘Vande Mataram’ saying it reflected their ‘narrow mindedness’.
“There are some people are saying that we will not sing Vande Mataram. We want this country to move ahead in the 21st century and the matter of dispute is that we will sing Vande Mataram or not; this is a matter of concern.”
However, Yogi Adityanath replied to this, “We will have to find a way to over the narrow-mindedness.”
The Chief Minister was speaking at a book release at the Raj Bhawan in Lucknow.
His remarks came against the backdrop Samajwadi Party protesting a proposal to make the singing of the national song compulsory commencement of proceedings of a meeting of Allahabad Municipal Corporation.
The recent incident came after the Municipal Corporations in Meerut and Varanasi too similar rucks this issue.
Recalling the 150th-anniversary functions of the Allahabad High court, the chief minister said it has commenced with the rendition of Vande Mataram.
It was such a good sight. it was a grand function, a historical one. Even, the Prime Minister of the country was present at the concluding function.
The Chief Justice of India and the Governor of the state were also present. However, the function itself started with the national song.