Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath reverses BJP government’s order on Vande Mataram, irks Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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The newly elected Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has decided to reverse a key decision by the BJP government of the past on the mandatory singing of Vande Mataram in the state secretariat. Chief Minister Kamal Nath said that a decision had been taken to implement the order in a ‘new form.’

Vande Mataram
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This means that the order by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the past to recite Vande Mataram in the secretariat on the first day of the month has been put on hold.

“A decision has been taken to implement the order in a new form,” said Nath.

Reacting to the development, Chouhan said that the decision by the Congress-led government was unfortunate. In a series of tweets, Chouhan said, “Vande Mataram would add a new energy to the feelings of patriotism among people. It’s extremely unfortunate that the Congress government has broken that tradition today. Today being the 1st day of the month, the Vande Mataram was not sung (in the state secretariat).”

He demanded the state government to resume the recitation of the national song before the weekly cabinet meeting and on the first day of every month adding that ‘nothing can be bigger than the sense of patriotism.’ He said, “If the Congress government is ashamed on repeating the words of the national song, then I will sing Vande Matram with patriots at Vallabh Bhavan on the first day of every month.”

CM Kamal Nath asked questioned Chouhan’s logic behind declaring those, who did not recite Vande Mataram, less patriotic.

The Congress last month had defeated the BJP in the assembly elections, ending its 15-year rule in the state.

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