Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Condemns Himanta Biswa Sarma’s Offensive Remarks Against Madrasas (The Wire)

During an election rally in Bihar, the Assam chief minister had said that BJP once voted to power would be 'shutting down shops producing mullahs' and 'ending the business of four marriages'.

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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma. Photo: Twitter/@himantabiswa

By The Wire Staff

New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Maulana Mahmood Madani has taken strong objection to Assam chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party’s leader Himanta Biswa Sarma’s controversial remarks made in Bihar’s Siwan, where he had spoken about “shutting down shops producing mullahs” and “ending the business of four marriages”.

“Such divisive and inflammatory comments not only undermine the secular fabric of our nation but also incite hatred and discord among communities. The Constitution of India guarantees every citizen the right to practice and propagate their religion freely. Any attempt to vilify or target a particular community based on their religious practices is unacceptable and goes against the principles of justice and equality enshrined in our Constitution,” said the Maulana.

Speaking at an election rally on Saturday in Siwan, Sarma had said, “Give Modi 400 seats, Uniform Civil Code will come and we will shut this business of marrying four times (chaar shaadi karne ka dukaan)… Just like we ended Article 370, we will end the system of four marriages (khalaas kar dunga). The country has changed… When I became the chief minister for the first time in Assam three years ago, an official came to me with a file asking for my signature. It was about madrasa teachers’ salaries. I asked, what is this madrasa? The one where mullahs are made (jo mullah banaata hai)? I said, our money, you will give to the shop that produces mullahs, how can this be? Shut this shop from today… Today, in Assam, we have shut 700 madrasas, but no one dares raise their voice.”

Sarma had further said, “Because this new India. It’s not Lalu Prasad’s India, this is Modi’s India, it is our India, it is Hindus’ India. And whoever clashes with this new India, they will reach the home of yamraj (the god of death)… We will no longer let shops that make mullahs run. We will work on making doctors, engineers… Modi ji needs 400 seats. We need to bring a Uniform Civil Code, we need to make Krishna Janmabhoomi, we need to make Gyanvapi temple, we need to end reservation to Muslims.”

This story was originally published in thewire.in. Read the full story here.


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