Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav lauding the role of madarsas said RSS-run Shishu Mandirs had been fanning communal hatred in the country. Yadav also assailed the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil for accusing Madarsas after Mumbai serial blasts.
The chief minister, who was addressing gathering of Muslim community at Unity College in Lucknow on Thursday, said people had been withdrawing their children from Shishu Mandirs because of the prevailing situation in these institutions. Yadav said that only Samjawadi Party had come to the defence of madarsas when Patil had raised accusing fingers on them. Yadav said when he defended madrasas he was accused of protecting terrorists in the country.
The chief minister announcing financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh to Tauhidul Muslim Trust of Shia cleric Dr Kalbe Sadiq, which has been running educational institutions, said land would also be provided for the establishment of girls Degree College in Lucknow. The chief minister also assured more help to Dr Sadiq in his endeavour to spread education in Muslim community. The chief minister said the SP government was committed to the welfare of the community and several measures had been taken during the last three years. He said poverty and educational backwardness were major stumbling blocks in the development of the community and the government had taken measures to improve the condition. He said the establishment of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur would go a long way in improving the lot of the community. The chief minister also enumerated various measures including appointment of Urdu BTC teachers.
Earlier addressing the gathering Dr Kalbe Sadiq extended support to Yadav. Dr Sadiq said SP would come back to power after next assembly elections. Dr Sadiq asked the chief minister for allotment of land for Girls College which Yadav promptly accepted. Dr Sadiq said he was ready to establish more colleges provided the government gave land for the projects.