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A salute to the national song

September 07, 2006
The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party began its national executive meet with a rendition of the song, led by president Rajnath Singh and senior leader L K Advani. The party, with its stand that the song must compulsorily be sung, was at the eye of the storm over the past days.

Senior BJP leader and former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee joined the celebrations and prayed to a picture of Bharat mata in New Delhi.

Photograph : Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images

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