WHILE GIVING madarsas a clean chit, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said in fact it was the RSS-run Shishu Mandirs which were fanning communal hatred in the country.
Yadav, who was addressing a gathering of Muslims at the Unity College here on Thursday, said people had been withdrawing their children from the Shishu Mandirs because of the prevailing situation in these institutions. He also assailed Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil for criticising the madarsas after the Mumbai train blasts. Yadav said only the Samjawadi Party had come to the defence of the madarsas when Patil had raised an accusing fingers on them.
Yadav said when he defended madarsas he was accused of protecting terrorists in the country.
Announcing a financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh to Tauhidul Muslim Trust of Shia cleric Dr Kalbe Sadiq, which has been running educational institutions, Yadav said land would also be provided for the establishment of a girls degree college in Lucknow. He also assured more help to Sadiq in his endeavour to spread education in the community.
Yadav said the SP government was committed to the welfare of the community and several measures had been taken during the last three years for its uplift.
He said poverty and educational backwardness were major stumbling blocks. He said the establishment of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur would go a long way in improving the lot of the community. Yadav also enumerated various measures taken by his government.
Earlier, Sadiq said the SP would come back to power in the next assembly elections. Sadiq urged the CM for allotment of land for girls college which was promptly accepted. Sadiq said he was ready to establish more colleges provided the government gave land.