Criticising the government for providing funds to Madarasas in the state, BJP state unit president Devendra Fadanavis asked whether the state government could ever order to impart secular training at these Madarasas.
Fadnavis was speaking on the concluding day of the BJP’s two-day state executive meeting held at Balewadi Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari addressed the concluding session. Prior to concluding session deputy leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde and in-charge for the state Rajiv Pratap Rudy also addressed the meet.
The state cabinet on Wednesday approved funds of Rs10 crore for the overall improvement of infrastructure, honorarium and scholarships for the students in Madarasas. There are 1,889 Madarasas in the state and in the first year 200 Madarasas have been selected by the state government for funding.
Fadanavis said that on one hand the government was closing down Marathi medium schools in the state and on the other hand providing funds to the tune of 10 crore for Madarasas in the state.
He said that while Constitution pledges for a secular state, the government was promoting religious training by funding Madarasas. He said that after providing the funding, is it possible for the government to come out with orders for these Madarasas to impart secular training and education to the students.
He questioned as to whether the government would ensure that instead of religious teaching the Madarasas would impart education for inculcating secular values?
Fadanavis demanded ouster of home minister RR Patil for deteriorating law and order situation in the state. He said Maharashtra had a dismal 9.5 conviction rate which has resulted in no fear for law among criminals. “Whether it’s CCTV or action against Naxalites, home minister only has lip service to offer. That is the reason why he should be immediately removed from the post,” Fadanavis said.
Alleging that the file of transfers of police officers was pending with the chief minister for the past two months only to ensure suitable officers in each other’s constituencies for NCP and Congress. He said that murder and non-detection of Narendra Dabholkar’s murder was also testimony to the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
Okay with anti-black magic bill, except for ambiguous Sec 2’
BJP state unit president Devendra Fadanavis on Wednesday announced that if his party did not have any problem in supporting the anti-black magic law if the state government cleared the ambiguity in Section 2 of the law.
Addressing a press conference after the conclusion of BJP’s two-day state executive meeting at Balewadi Sports Complex, Fadanavis said that there was need for a clarity in Section 2.
He said that it was he along with Gopinath Munde who had made it clear in 1995 during the assembly session that BJP was against superstitions and also had highlighted the shortcomings of the Bill. He said that the government did not bring it for four years, and then brought it in 2011, but the bill was not taken for discussion.
He said that the late Narendra Dabholkar also had several meetings with BJP leaders in which the party made it clear that it was against any kind of superstitions, but was of the view that the Bill should not be brought without addressing the doubts raised by Warkari organisations.
Fadanavis informed that the present form of the Bill was acceptable to BJP barring ambiguity in Section 2 of the ordinance. He said the Warkaris in the state were progressive, not rigid and orthodox, so it was necessary to remove their doubts before any final decision.
Party to register voters on smartphones
Fadanavis said that the party, through booth level activists, would use smartphones to search for the voters’ lists and use it for registration of its voters across the state. He informed that while 50 per cent voters in the age group of 18-22 have not registered their names in the voters’ list, there are at least 50,000 voters in each Lok Sabha constituency in the age group of 26 to 30 years whose names are not there in the list. He said that the state executive has decided to tap these voters and ensure their registration and voting.