Cong, NCP seek action after BJP MLA asks CM to shut down state madrassas

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |

October 18, 2020 2:10:54 am

Sachin Sawant, maharashtra bjp mla, maharashtra bjp mla says to shut state run madrassas, maharashtra madrassas, ncp, maharashtra congress, indian express newsThe Shiv Sena is yet to officially react to the demand. ( (Express File Photo: Jaipal Singh)

TWO DAYS after a senior Maharashtra BJP legislator dared Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to shut down state-run madrassas, the Congress and the NCP have trained guns on the Opposition. Demanding action against the legislator, the Congress reminded the BJP that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had both backed the modernisation of madrassas.

On October 15, Mumbai BJP MLA Atul Bhatkalkar had asked Thackeray to follow the Assam government and shut down madrassas in the state. He demanded an immediate stop to modernisation grants provided by the state to the madrassas. The Shiv Sena is yet to officially react to the demand.

On Saturday, state Congress leader and spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the BJP’s manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha election had promised modernisation of madrassas. He also pointed out the ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ slogan was coined by Modi after the victory in the 2014 polls. “The BJP should either accept that the poll promise and Modi’s slogan was a sham or initiate action against Bhatkalkar,” he said. Sawant added the Vajpayee-led government, too, had backed grants for modernisation of madrassas.

State Minorities Development Minister Nawab Malik pointed out that grants to madrassa institutions were being extended even during the BJP rule in the state.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

© The Indian Express (P) Ltd

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Gujarat BJP leader ‘contract killing’: 4 held Cops look for man who helped with contract kill money, aide

Sat Oct 17 , 2020
By: Express News Service | Vadodara | October 18, 2020 1:42:15 am Hiren Patel Three days after Dahod police arrested four people suspected to be involved in the alleged murder of local BJP leader Hiren Patel in Jhalod town of Gujarat’s Dahod district on September 27, the Deputy Superintendent of […]