On Tuesday, another incident of Intolerance has surfaced. This time the stems are connected to the city Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
For an instance, The Mayor of Meerut, Harikant Ahluwalia(BJP leader) has announced that every member of the Nagar Nigam Board will have to sing VANDE MATRAM before every session unless they won’t be allowed to participate in any of the board meeting or proceedings.
This announcement was followed by a slight protest by the corporators of Nagar Nigam Board, who reportedly belong to the minority community. As they started quoting Hon’ble Supreme Courts orders stating that no citizen if bound to sing the National Song (Vande Matram) against his will or forcibly. This will lead to no criminal charges against the accused.
Eventually, this was the first meeting after BJP came into rule. Singing Vande Matram before the proceedings had been a tradition to Nagar Nigam for so long. But, before BJP govt. those who don’t will to sing the song were allowed to leave the hall and return after its over.
On Tuesday as well, the same routine was supposed to be followed but when a muslim Municipal Counsellor began to leave the hall BJP members began yelling “ Hindustan me rahoge to Vande Matram kahoge”
All this lead to an aggressive argument between the members. This was supposively controlled by Mr. Ahluwalia, as he passed the resolution by voice vote which makes singing Vande Matram mendatoy.
From the facts, it is known that in a house of 80 members, BJP holds the majority with 45 members belonging, while on the other hand the minority community holds only 25 members.
Reports says that the atmosphere of the Nagar Nigam Hall was charged up to a chaos, but the Muslims somehow managed to make their exit secure, escaping the so called Nationalists.