GUWAHATI: Assam health, finance and education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma came down heavily on All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal after latter said that Congress-AIUDF would take decision to reopen the Madrasas in its cabinet.
“Ajmal’s cabinet will be in Bangladesh or Pakistan. It will never be at Dispur. He does not have that audacity. Ajmal cannot form cabinet here till the last drop of the Assamese people remains,” Sarma said.
Dr. Sarma said that Ajmal’s dream to reopen the Madrasas would never be fulfilled.
He also stated that the entire Assamese community is feeling threatened with the proposals like construction of Miya Museum and Miya Public Schools in the state.
The minister also lambasted Badruddin Ajmal for his comment that the same cabinet would provide ST status to six communities and reopen the Madrasas.
“It means he is keeping six communities and Madrasas at the same level. For them, Ahoms, Chutias, Tea Tribe and Koch Rajbongshis are alike the Miyas. This is not acceptable,” Himanta Biswa Sarma added further.
AIUDF supremo Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has been reiterating on multiple occasions that Congress-AIUDF government would reopen the Madrasas which would be disbanded by the Assam government.
“If we come to power, we will reopen all the Madrasas by calling cabinet meetings,” Ajmal said earlier this week at a party meeting in western Assam’s Hatsingimari.
The Assam government has already decided to shut down all the government-run Madrasas and convert them into general schools.
”We will disband the madrasa board. We will withdraw the notification granting equivalence to madrasa education and general education and we will convert all the state-run madrasas into general schools,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said in mid-October.
““Our stand is the same as we said in the assembly—there should be no religious education at the government’s cost,” he further said.