Rahul in row over ‘disrespecting’ Vande Mataram

The BJP slammed Rahul, saying he does not have respect for the national song, a charge dismissed by the Congress as “absolutely false.”

A controversy erupted on Friday after a video purportedly showing Congress president Rahul Gandhi “disrespecting” national song ‘Vande Mataram’ at a public rally here surfaced and went viral.

The BJP slammed Rahul, saying he does not have respect for the national song, a charge dismissed by the Congress as “absolutely false.”

“He (Rahul) does not have respect for national song. What can we expect from him,” tweeted BJP on its handle, after a local TV channel showed a brief video clip of the purported incident even as the Congress dubbed it as a “fake video”.

The video showed Rahul sitting on the dias with senior Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, and looking at his watch gesturing something to AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal, apparently to wrap up quickly.

A person is then heard telling the singer to “just sing a line (of Vande Matram) and finish it off.” As the singer began singing “Vande Mataram”, Venugopal is seen nudging Rahul to stand up. Seizing on this, the BJP tweeted, “Today, RG asked to cut it to just one line, reminding us of INC’s total disregard for the song.”

The BJP further asked, “Do we need more reasons for Cong Mukth Bharath? Shame on you, RG.”

Criticising Rahul’s act, the BJP said that in 1937 Jawharlal  Nehru had dropped last three stanzas of Vande Mataram just to pacify Mohammad Ali Jinnah who had said the song irks the Muslims.

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ananth Kumar also took to twitter saying, “Common proud Indians like us say - Janani Janmm Bhumischa Swarga Daapi Gariyasi. Arrogant, Ignorant dynast says “cut short Vande Mataram.”

Former Union minister and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla dismissed it as “absolutely false” allegation and called it a “fake video”. “It is the work of theirs to release fake video. Who else believes in Vande Mataram than Congress. The Vande Mataram was started to be sung from 1896 Congress session,” he told reporters in Bengaluru.

The Congress always complied with Vande Mataram. “Each of our session starts with Vande Mataram and ends with the national anthem. They teach us Vande Mataram. It is neither sung in their office, nor in the RSS headquarters,” he said, hitting out at BJP.

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