Closed 600 madrassas, will close all says Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma in Karnataka while earlier CM Bommai promises 10 lakh per madrassa.
In a strange will of paradoxes, while the Karnataka Chief Minister Bommai earlier promises to grant Rs. 10 lakh per madrassa.
The Department of Minority Welfare, Govt of Karnataka had tweeted on March 11, 2023″
@DOMGOK10 lakh for each madrasa with the approval of the government to provide basic facilities in Waqf-registered madrasas and bring them into the mainstream will be given.”
ವಕ್ಫ್ ನೋಂದಾಯಿತ ಮದರಸಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಸೌಕರ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಿ ಅವರನ್ನು ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಹಿನಿಗೆ ತರಲು ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಮಂಜುರಾತಿ ನೀಡಿ ಪ್ರತಿ ಮದರಸಗೆ ತಲಾ 10 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಲಾಗುವುದು.@RaghavendraT198 @sabeer_mulla1 @Pundaleekmech#KarnatakaMWD pic.twitter.com/f7N70q8PWK
— Department of Minority Welfare, Govt of Karnataka (@DOMGOK) March 11, 2023
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while addressing a rally in poll-bound Karnataka claimed that he has closed 600 madrassas and intends to close all madrassas because he wants schools, colleges and universities instead.
“People from Bangladesh come to Assam and create a threat to our civilization and culture. I have closed 600 madrassas and I intend to close all madrassas because we do not want madrassas. We want schools, colleges and universities,” he said.
The chief minister introduced a controversial law in Assam in 2020, which planned to convert all state-run madrassas into “regular schools” that impart “general education”.
Earlier, Sarma said that a checklist has been prepared for the madrassas, though the state is yet to “enter into an agreement with stakeholders, things are moving in the right direction”. The Assam Police is working with Muslims in the state to “rationalise” madrassa education, he said.
Assam is not the first state making headlines for its bid to enhance regulatory oversight over madrassa education. In December, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said that alleged objectionable content being taught in some madrassas in the state will be scrutinised.
In August last year, Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Usha Thakur had said illegally-run madrassas may be used for human trafficking and a probe must be carried out against such facilities.
Meanwhile, at the rally, Sarma also lashed out at the Congress and said that the party represents the “new Mughals today”. “Once upon a time, the ruler of Delhi used to talk about demolishing temples but today under PM Modi’s rule, I am talking about building temples. This is new India. Congress is working to weaken this new India. Congress is representing the new Mughals today,” Sarma said.
While Sarma seems to be harnassing the Hindu votes, he has taken a particular turn of vengeance on Muslims that does not look normal and is rather vindictive and this may lead to his ultimate downfall.