People refusing to sing Vande Mataram are narrow minded: Yogi Adityanath
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday lashed out at the people denying to sing 'Vande Mataram', saying it exhibits their narrow mindedness.
"There are a few people who refused to sing Vande Matram. When the country is trying to move ahead in the 21st century, the matter of dispute is that we will sing Vande Matram or not. This is a serious matter of concern," said Yogi, adding, "We must plan out a way to overcome this narrow mindedness."
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister made the remarks at a book launch event at the Raj Bhawan here.
He delivered the statement after coming across the reports that Samajwadi Party (SP) corporators were protesting against a proposal which bats for making singing of the national song compulsory at commencement of proceedings of a meeting of Allahabad municipal corporation.
The incident was followed by the ruckus created by some people over the same issue at the municipal corporations in Meerut and Varanasi too.
Recalling the 150th anniversary functions of the Allahabad High Court, the Chief Minister said it had commenced with the rendition of ‘Vande Matram’.
“It was such a good sight… it was a grand function, a historical one. 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. The function itself started with the national song,” the chief minister noted.