New Delhi, Sept 25: The BJP on Monday said if voted to
power at the Centre it would carry out constitutional
amendments to incorporate singing of Vande Mataram as a
fundamental duty of citizens.
"If voted to power at the Centre, we will amend article
51-a to include singing of Vande Mataram as one of the
fundamental duties of every citizen," party chief Rajnath
Singh, who had announced that BJP would mandate the singing of
the national song in Uttar Pradesh schools if it formed the
next government in the state, said here.
Singh, whose party launched its nationwide Vande Mataram
campaign symbolising its original Hindutva and nationalist
ideology, told a public meeting that the national song would
be placed alongside the national anthem in Article 51 in
the event of the BJP coming to power at the Centre.
"Those who cannot respect the national song have no right
to live in India," he remarked.
The BJP leader flayed Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for their absence at a September
7 event commemorating the national song.
He insisted that there was a last-minute change in the
venue for the programme, which he claimed was originally
planned at the AICC office here.
"To my information, a podium was set up at 24, Akbar Road
but was shifted to the Sewa Dal office for that event," he
The BJP leader, who blamed the Congress for the 1947
partition, also attacked the Prime Minister over the proposed
joint anti-terror mechanism ,saying no CBMs should be carried
out with Pakistan until it dismantles terror outfits in its