Haryana minister Anil Vij calls for removal of 'adhinayak' from National Anthem, says, India doesn't have dictatorship

A day after Congress MP Ripun Bora moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha to replace the word 'Sindh' in the National Anthem with 'North East', BJP leader and Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Saturday joined the fray by suggesting the word 'Adhinayak' be removed from the National Anthem altogether.

Speaking to ANI, Vij said, "Adhinayak’ means dictator and in India, we don’t have dictatorship but democracy. Hence, it should be thought about to remove the word Adhinayak."

File image of Anil Vij. CNN-News 18

File image of Haryana minister Anil Vij. News18

Vij had also supported Bora's resolution to replace the word "Sindh".

Bora, who is also the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president, on Friday had moved a private member resolution in the Rajya Sabha to replace the word "Sindh" in the National Anthem with the "North East" saying there is no point "glorifying" a place of a hostile nation.

He also said when the National Anthem was adopted in 1950, the then-president Rajendra Prasad had said if required the anthem would be amended in future.

"There is no mention of the North East in the National Anthem but has the mention of Sindh, which is now part of Pakistan. Why are we glorifying a place of a hostile nation? There is no point," he had told PTI.

The resolution is expected to be taken up in the Rajya Sabha next week.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Mar 18, 2018 12:17:43 IST

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