BJP slams aid for madrasas, oppose fund cut for Marathi medium schools

Criticising the state government's decision to provide financial assistance to madrasas, state BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday asked whether the state government will make it compulsory for madrasas to have a secular syllabus.

"The government should not be involved in religious teachings," said Fadnavis, after the conclusion of two-day state BJP executive meeting.

He said the state was reducing its financial assistance to Marathi medium schools, but is going ahead with this new plan.

Fadnavis also demanded the resignation of Home Minister R R Patil, saying the law and order situation in the state has deteriorated as criminal elements are acting without fear.

On the anti-superstition issue, Fadnavis said the Congress-led state government had unnecessary delayed its decision.

He said the BJP would support the ordinance and only needs clarity on clause two as it could lead to people being blackmailed.

"The rest of the provisions are appropriate and the BJP has no objection," Fadnavis said. He added that the state should consult warkaris on the issue as they are the "agents of change - a must for changing the public attitude."

He said the party has also made its stand clear on the demand for reservation for jobs and admissions for the Maratha community.

"We support the demand, but it should not affect the current reservation quota for OBCs," he said.

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