In Uttar Pradesh, some councilors are accused of insulting the national song Vande Mataram during a town council meeting in Muzaffarnagar. A video of the national song Vande Mataram being sung at the meeting has gone viral in which four burka-clad corporate women are seen to remain seated while all other members of the house stand in honor of the national song.
Netizens called it an insult to the national song. Interestingly, the Union Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Products and Fisheries, Sanjeev Balyan, was also present at the meeting. He is the elected Lok Sabha member from Muzaffarnagar constituency.
The meeting, which was held at the Municipal Auditorium on the afternoon of Saturday June 18, 2022, was also attended by Kapil Dev Agarwal, Minister of Vocational Education and Skills Development of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. He also served as the Municipality President of Muzaffarnagar in the past. This incident also occurred in the presence of several other senior officials.
At the meeting, where a resolution of Rs.196 crore for the development of the city was passed, the entire House except these 4 members stood in honor of the national song “Vande Mataram». The members of the house also seemed unhappy with this act. The national song was played before the start of the debates.
Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan informed it is up to everyone to respect the national anthem and the national song. Councilors also discussed this. The Union Minister said if a woman insults the national song, how will she strengthen the society?
मुजफ्फरनगर नगर पालिका की बोर्ड में केंद्रीय केंद्रीय संजीव बालियान व यूपी मंत्री बालिय बालिय Ine pic.twitter.com/gyRTbHStEr
— Shivam Dixit (@ShivamdixitInd) June 19, 2022
It should be noted that a case regarding granting the same status to the national song as that of this national anthem is pending before the court. During the last week of May 2022, the Delhi High Court also sought the opinion of the central government in this regard.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay filed a Public interest litigation (PIL) on this issue. He said that due to the lack of national song guidelines, it is used indecently and insultingly in movies and parties as well.
In his petition, he said: “On January 24, 1950, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Speaker of the Constituent Assembly, said that the song ‘Vande Mataram’ had played a historic role in the independence struggle of the India and would be honoured. tied with ‘Jana-Gana-Mana’. Upadhyay basically asked to play both – the national anthem as well as the national song – in all institutions.