Describing the sacking of Darul Uloom Vice-Chancellor Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi as a disappointment for all “secular forces,” the BJP said he was “tormented and victimised” for speaking the “truth” about Gujarat’s growth under Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
“The removal of Vastanvi is a great disappointment for all secular forces. Though this is an internal matter of an organisation, it assumes serious connotations, as the action taken is in the backdrop of the issue of development in Gujarat,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
The BJP took note of the fact that some members of the Majlis-e-Shoora supported Mr. Vastanvi.
“But it is most unfortunate that he was not removed on charges of corruption or incompetence, or for that matter for moral turpitude, but for speaking the truth. A truth that Gujarat has developed under Modi,” Mr. Rudy said.
He insisted that minorities in Gujarat had benefited from the overall growth of the State under Mr. Modi’s chief ministership.
“This fact has not been denied by the Planning Commission nor has it been discounted by any statistics nor denied by the people of Gujarat. But Vastanvi has been tormented and victimised for speaking the truth,” Mr. Rudy said.
He maintained that this decision was not just a disappointment for the BJP but also for all those who feel academics should be above politics and religion. “This is a major setback to the social and secular fabric of the country. One cannot deny that under the pioneering leadership of Mr. Modi, Gujarat has emerged as one of the most prosperous States,” he said. Hindu