Go To Pakistan If You Don’t Sing Anthem, Jaipur Mayor to Officials
The comment came after an announcement that the national anthem and song would be played daily in the office’s HQ.
As the debate continues over whether standing for the national anthem should be made mandatory, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation has said that it will play the national anthem at the start of day, and the national song in the evening at its headquarters, and made it mandatory for all staff to be present.
Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoty, while telling India Today that the practice would instill punctuality in employees, added that those who refused to sing, could go to Pakistan.
We are not asking to indulge in any sloganeering pertaining to any religion. The nation that you stay in, if someone has to oppose the national anthem and national song of that nation, then absolutely do that, there is no stopping that. Then, that person can go to Pakistan.Ashok Lahoty, Mayor, Jaipur City
By the end of this month, the national anthem and song would be played at all zonal offices and fire stations, Mayor Ashok Lahoty added.
Congress leader Archana Sharma hit out at Lahoty, stating that he should apologise for his remark, in a statement to India Today.
Yes, he should apologise. He should point out clearly to whom he indicated that they should go to Pakistan. Our Corporators were there, they participated in the event too.Archana Sharma, Congress Leader
Lahoty however, explained in a statement to NDTV that his comment was merely “friendly banter” and what he meant was that no one in India would oppose the singing of the national anthem.
No, I did not mean to say go to Pakistan. That was just friendly banter... Someone asked what if someone opposes singing the national anthem. I said this is not Pakistan (that someone will oppose).Ashok Lahoty, Mayor, Jaipur City
Lahoty’s remark comes even as the Supreme Court said that it would be open to a review of its 2016 order which made standing during the national anthem, mandatory.
(Breathe In, Breathe Out: Are you finding it tough to breathe polluted air? Join hands with FIT to find #PollutionKaSolution. Send in your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp @ +919999008335)
(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.