BJP warns of protests on DU textbook issue
BJP on Wednesday warned of countrywide protest if Delhi University failed to remove the "atrocious" remarks against Lord Ram in its history text books.
"The remarks against Lord Ram in books taught in Delhi University are atrocious and obnoxious. They should be scrapped or else we will resort to nationwide protests on the issue," party spokesperson V K Malhotra said at a press conference here.
Several members of ABVP, student organisation of the BJP, were arrested by police on Tuesday for their violent protest at the university campus on the issue.
"The stories by Ramanujan taught in the history subject in the university is compiled by none other than the daughter of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Dr Upendra Singh. She should disassociate herself from such a compilation," the saffron party demanded.
The party would call on Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who is also the Chancellor of the central university, to press their demand, he said.
BJP is also planning to meet President Pratibha Patil on the issue, Malhotra added.
On being asked if the party was changing stands by opposing the textbook after supporting Taslima Nasreen on her controversial writings, he said, "that was a case of book, here it is a text which is taught to children."
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- Unlike other states, Delhi does not have its own state education board. There are about 1,500,000 government school students in Delhi.
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