Mumbai, October 17: Targeting the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for demanding the party’s MLA to shut down all ‘madrasas’ in the state, the Maharashtra Congress (Congress) on Saturday accused the state BJP of insulting its own leaders. The Congress termed the insult of leaders like former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and current Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the BJP leader to stop the madrasa in Maharashtra. State Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said, “The BJP leaders of the state have lost their mental balance to target the Grand Alliance government and discredit Maharashtra and Mumbai. Now they insult their own leaders by making such statements. Are. ”
He made this remark, citing a demand by BJP MLA Atul Bhatkalkar, who challenged the state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to show off Madrasas or Islamic schools to prove his Hindutva. Taking a dig at this, the Congress said that this is contrary to Prime Minister Modi’s Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas slogan.
Sawant said that in August 2001, the then HRD Minister Murali Manohar Joshi said that the late Prime Minister Vajpayee had no intention of tampering with or interfering with ‘madrasas’ and also suggested that modern subjects such as science apart from religious subjects , Mathematics, Social Science and General Knowledge should be included in their syllabus. In February 2002, Joshi said that the Center is providing financial assistance to one thousand ‘madrasas’.
He said, “When Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the BJP’s election manifesto in the 2012 state elections promised to modernize all the ‘madrasas’. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP twice did the same for ‘madrasas’.” Noted the agenda. ” He claimed that in June 2019, Union Minority Development Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also announced measures to improve and modernize ‘madrasas’ by training teachers in Hindi and English languages and even computers.
Sawant said, “The state BJP has forgotten that Prime Minister Modi has given the slogan of Quran in one hand and computer in the other hand for Muslim youth.” Sawant said, “It would have been better if, given the historical background, Bhatkalkar would have consulted the party seniors before demanding the closure of the state’s madrasas.”