“If they close down the madrassas, the lives of the students enrolled in them will be ruined. At this hour, if they go ahead with this policy, the BJP will be the loser. They have already announced that they will field candidates in Muslim areas, but no one will vote for them,” Ajmal told reporters on Saturday.
This comes after Dispur asked the director of secondary education, Assam, to submit a formal proposal regarding shifting of 148 contractual teachers of madrassas to general schools. This, insiders in the education department said, is the beginning of the madrassa closure process in Assam. State education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday had said that the state government will close down all government-run madrassas since it can not allow religious education to go on with public money.
Meanwhile, Himanta told the media here on Saturday that both the Madrassa Board and the madrassas will be closed down by November. He, however, added, “We are yet to take a decision on what to do with the already-enrolled students. Suppose if someone has taken admission in Class 9, then we will have to give him the opportunity upto the Class 10 board exams. A notification is being prepared and the news will come out in November.”
Reacting to the statements, Ajmal said he is confident that the state government will bring the process to a halt. “November is far away. Decisions change within minutes. The decision can easily be reversed during a cabinet meeting,” he added.
When asked regarding him being targeted by the BJP over a banner that was written in Arabic in one of his recent meetings, the AIUDF chief replied, “The Assamese language is not that weak that it will fade away by just one banner in Arabic. I didn’t even see the banner that was put up.” He further informed that he has told the organizers to always use Assamese for all future programmes. “The issue has been raked up just for political gain by some parties. One banner cannot ruin the Assamese language and the community,” he added.