New Delhi: On Friday, BJP accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi of insulting the national song Vande Mataram.
A video of an event in Karnataka has gone viral which shows Rahul Gandhi asking volunteers to wrap up quickly. Amit Malviya, BJP’s social media in-charge tweeted the video and wrote: “Well done, Rahul Gandhi.” The BJP’s Karnataka handle wrote: “In 1937, Nehru dropped last 3 stanzas of the Vande Mataram just to pacify Jinnah who said the song irks the Muslims Today, RG asked to cut it to just one line, reminding us of INC’s total disregard for the song. Do we need more reasons for Cong Muktha Bharath? Shame on you, RG.”
The video shows Rahul Gandhi sitting on the dais with Congress functionaries in which he allegedly gestures functionaries to wrap it up. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra wrote: “Rahul Gandhi directs to cut Vande Mataram to a single line during a public rally in Karnataka. Now this is why we call Him “Sahzada” . His sense of entitlement is appalling thinks this country is family property can at his wish amend the National Song?” There has been some opposition to singing Vande Mataram from some quarters. Some Muslim groups have argued that singing Vande Mataram is un-Islamic since it worships a mother goddess.
VP Naidu had recently said at a function: “Mother is not the photo but our motherland. ‘Vande Mataram’ is saluting the mother. Why should anyone have a problem with this. Irrespective of our caste, creed and religion, we are one nation, one people and one country.” A BJP spokesperson on a national channel had also become the butt of jokes for failing to sing Vande Mataram where he christened a new land called Pulkistan.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other senior party leaders on Friday launched party’s manifesto for upcoming state assembly elections.
Releasing the Nava Karnataka Manifesto, Gandhi said that the manifesto of the Congress party contains the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ of the Karnataka people. “Whatever the manifesto says will be done, 95 percent of what was mentioned in the last manifesto has been done. Our manifesto contains the Mann Ki Baat of the Karnataka people. This state won’t have a future if every district is not respected and listened to. This manifesto carries the voice of the people of Karnataka,” he said.
The Congress president said that the manifesto by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be the manifesto of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). “BJP manifesto is decided by 3-4 leaders. It will be the manifesto of the RSS. I am here to listen to the people of Karnataka. That is the difference between Congress and our Karnataka,” he said. Gandhi also alleged the Opponents for not understanding the culture of Karnataka. “Our opponents do not respect the culture of Karnataka. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the BJP does not stand up to what he says,” he added. Karnataka will go to polls on May 12 to elect representatives to the 225-member state assembly. The results will be out on May 15.