The Meerut Municipal Corporation prohibited seven of its member from attending a meeting after they refused to sing Vande Mataram. The corporators who refused to sing the national song are from the Samajwadi Party.
The meeting of the corporation had started with BJP’s Mayor Harikant Ahluwalia asking all the members to stand up and sing the national song. Seven members, belonging to a minority community, refused to sing.
Soon after, these members walked out. This triggered a massive protest and the BJP councillors started raising the slogans. “Hindustan me rehna hai to Vande Mataram kehna hoga,” the said.
The corporators returned to the meeting after a brief while but Ahluwalia refused to let them participate in the meeting.
“We have almost 90 corporators, of whom 18 are Muslims. Only a handful of people have an issue with Vande Mataram; the rest (want to) sing it,” The Indian Express quoted the mayor as saying. The mayor added that he will not let it happen.
“The mayor ordered us to sing Vande Mataram and threatened that he will not let us sit in the Sadan (House) if we do not follow his directive. It is up to us whether we will sing it or not. The orders were delivered rudely, so we decided to boycott the proceedings,” Afzal Saifi, one of the corporators who along with others walked out from the session, said.
Ahluwalia also said that he had informed about the activities of these corporators to the Samajwadi Party government but no one took any action.
Ahluwalia also claimed that all the corporators who refused to sing Vande Mataram were from the Samajwadi Party. While some of the corporators have allegiance to the party, it could not be verified whether all of them are SP leaders.
Source : Indian Express