Vande Mataram singing at M.P. Secretariat back in new avatar

first_imgThe newly elected Congress government in Madhya Pradesh reintroduced the ‘Vande Mataram ritual’ at the State Secretariat in a novel way with much fanfare on Friday.The practice, which had been started by the previous BJP government for State government employees to be held at regular intervals, was stopped last month by Chief Minister Kamal Nath who had promised to hold the event in a “new form” on the first working day of every month.Keeping his word, Mr. Nath opened the event to common people and other officials besides the State government employees and made it much grander by introducing a police band and a road procession from Shaurya Smarak to Vallabh Bhavan, the Secretariat.Addressing the event, the Chief Minister launched a scathing attack on the BJP, which had criticised his order to discontinue the practice last month, by asking it to refrain from “teaching us patriotism”. “Patriotism runs in our blood and we don’t need lessons in patriotism from those who never took part in the country’s Independence movement,” said Mr. Nath while speaking to media persons after the conclusion of the programme.Large gatheringA large number of officials, State government employees and general public assembled at the Shaurya Smarak on Friday to take part in the event. From there they proceeded to Vallabh Bhavan to the beats of the police band which played several patriotic songs. The previous BJP government used to hold the national song singing programme at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Park in the vicinity of Vallabh Bhavan.last_img

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