The newly elected mayor of Meerut has revoked the diktat issued by her predecessor making the singing of Vande Mataram mandatory at municipal corporation board meetings.
The diktat was issued by the previous BJP mayor Harikant Ahluwalia, who in March this year, had made the singing of the song mandatory. As expected, the BSP mayor’s decision to cancel that order evoked angry reactions from the BJP, but Sunita Verma was unfazed.
“The municipal board’s constitution states the national anthem will be sung, not ‘Vande Mataram’. There should be no controversy… only ‘Jana Gana Mana’ will be sung at the start of every board meeting,” she was quoted by Times of India.
BJP’s city unit chief Karunesh Nandan Garg said the party would “fight the move inside the board and outside”. “If the mayor tries to dictate terms… we will… find ways to make sure our corporators sing the national song on roads in protest,” he added.