As the song was played on tape by BJP supporters, Muslim corporators from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) walked out. Soon after, members of the state's ruling BJP started shouting slogans alleging disrespect to the national song. BSP and SP corporators also raised slogans against the Prime Minister and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. The civic body was meeting for the first time after the elections.
The corporators, elected in urban body polls held in November were sworn in last month. The BJP won as many as 14 of the 16 municipal corporations across Uttar Pradesh. In Meerut, Mayawati's BSP won the mayor's position and 28 of 90 seats. The BJP won 38 seats but lost the post of mayor.
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