AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday launched an attack on the Devendra Fadnavis Government for derecognising madrassas as ‘schools’, saying it was a ‘deliberate contradiction’ as the BJP had pledged in their 2014 election manifesto to modernise the Islamic seminaries.
“The step taken by the Maharashtra Government completely contradicts Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution which is the fundamental right,” Owaisi told ANI.
“The BJP in their election manifesto said that they will modernise madrassas. The Modi-led Government in Delhi is giving 100 crores every year for madrassa modernisation. Thereby they are accepting that students going to madrassas are school going children. This is a deliberate contradiction,” he added.
In a controversial move, madrassas have been derecognised as formal schools in Maharashtra, which has directed the district administrations to declare their students ‘out-of-school children’.