Speaking on the same lines as AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, grandson of the 'Father of Indian constitution', BR Ambedkar, and Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) chief Prakash Ambedkar has stoked controversy by stating that the National song of India, Vande Mataram isn't needed when there is already a National anthem in place.
While addressing the media in Parbhani district of Mahashtra, Ambedkar was quizzed upon his views on the national song, something which Owaisi is completely against. He replied by saying:
"When we already have National anthem then why do we need another song? Why don't you believe in the national anthem? Let's leave it to the choice of the people. Those who will sing National anthem, they are nationalist. And if someone doesn't sing Vande Mataram, then how he/she become a traitor? Who are these people to give a certificate?"
The BMM chief further went onto mention that anyone singing the National song is nothing less than an anti-Indian. "Those who sing Jana Gana Mana are Indians but our allegation is that those who sing Vande Mataram are anti-Indian," he added.
Another individual who had in past spoken against Vande Mataram was Owaisi. The AIMIM chief in 2017 had hit out at Vande Mataram being made compulsory, calling it as way to promote 'Hindutva'.
He had said, "It is a wrong decision and is unconstitutional. Vande Mataram is our National Song, but there is no act which makes it compulsory to sing, like an act which is there for the National Anthem. Just to promote Hindutva and to end secularism, these kinds of decisions are being taken."
Last month, Prakash Ambedkar had announced an alliance with Owaisi's AIMIM for the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. They even went onto coin a term for their alliance, 'Jai bheem Jai meem'.
It came after the Congress party had reportedly not accepted BMM's demands. Ambedkar stated that his party had asked 12 seats from the 28 assembly seats in the state from Congress. Though, he also mentioned that his party will keep the doors open for Congress till the final day of the nominations.