BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Wednesday asked if Uttar Pradesh government will now include the “unrecognised madrasas” educating poor Muslim children in its grant list and bring them under its purview. She was referring to a UP government survey that reportedly found over 7,500 private madrassas to be “unrecognised.”
“The state government by forming a special team has completed the work of the much-hyped survey of private madrassas dependent on people’s donations, and according to it, over 7,500 ‘unrecognised’ madrassas are engaged in imparting education to poor children,” Mayawati said in a tweet in Hindi.
“These non-government madrassas do not want to be a burden on the government, then why interfere?” she asked.
The BJP government had last month ordered a survey of all private madrassas across the state, stating that on its basis necessary facilities will be provided in these institutes. The government’s decision to survey unrecognised madrasas had received pushback from Opposition parties including Cogress and BSP and Muslim bodies such as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH). Madrasa authorities and Muslim leaders have been talking in hushed whispers about the spectre of the feared bulldozers razing their institutions down.
“While a survey is conducted specifically for budget provision for salaries of teachers and staff of government madrassas run by the madrassa board, will the Uttar Pradesh government include these private madrassas in its grant list and make them government madrassas?” asked Mayawati.
The tallest Dalit leader also claimed that the BSP government had brought 100 such madrassas under the board.
Targeting the Congress, Mayawati wrote: “Earlier, in the name of modernisation of madrassas, instead of ensuring higher education of their choice to students, they were trained in driving and mechanic, carpenter work. Now see what happens to them in the BJP government?”
Earlier, Mayawati had accused the Yogi Adityanath government of interfering in the running of private madrassas in the state on the pretext of conducting surveys and terrorising the Muslims.
“The complaints of the Muslim community being exploited, neglected and being affected by riots have been common since the time of the Congress, and now they are being oppressed and terrorised by the BJP who came to power by doing narrow politics in the name of appeasement. This is sad and condemnable,” read a tweet by Mayawati.
Mayawati went on to say: “The BJP government has an evil intent on madrassas in Uttar Pradesh. The attempts to interfere in the private madrassas, which run on donations by the community, in the name of survey is inappropriate. They should focus on improving the condition of the government and government-aided madrassas.”