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Centre presses Assam Government to control madrasas
|Guwahati: In a two day conference of Minority department of Congress party in Assam, the Assam chief minister Tarun Gogi revealed that the central government was pressurizing him to raid madrasas, where according to the central government anti national elements are being nurtured.
But the chief minister made it clear that he will not bow down under the pressure of central government and no madrasa will be raided only under suspicion. He also made it clear in the same breath the no person would be allowed to collaborate with anti national elements.
Gogi said that the Congress has never tried to unduly side with the Muslims, but has tried to solve their issues and raise voice for their rights.
Earlier M Afzal secretary of Congress minority Department said that the BJP led central government is trying to defame madrasas though these institutions are providing not only Islamic education but also modern education to a large number of students. He said that it is notwithstanding the fact that it was the responsibility of the government. He said that there is no proof of any madrasa collaborating with anti-national elements. He added that if there is any evidence of any such nexus, they should certainly be punished, but merely defaming madrasas was a conspiracy.
Afzal criticized the government’s move of banning the Students Islamic Movement of India and said that the government cannot get any benefit by banning it but somehow it aims to reap its fruit in UP polls that will never come its way. He added that such organizations have always come out stronger after ban. He also appealed toAssam government to give Muslims their share according to their population ratio in the state.
Senior Muslim leader and Lok Sabha leader, who heads state minority department of the party Ghulam Usmani also spoke on the occasion and presented a memorandum to the chief minister. q
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