Colleges for Muslim girls: Ruling BJP in Karnataka takes U-turn

Bengaluru, December 02 (KMS): Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Indian state of Karnataka took a U-turn after its decision to build 10 new colleges exclusively for Muslim girls.

When asked about the row, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai clarified that the matter has not been discussed at all in the government levels. “These might be personal views of the Chairperson Shafi Saadi of Karnataka State Board for Wakf,” he said.

This is not the stand of the government to open schools for Muslim girls. The Wakf Board Chairperson should discuss the matter with the government, he said.

Earlier, the news appeared in media that the ruling government is planning to build 10 new colleges exclusively for Muslim girls, sparking a huge controversy in Karnataka.

Hindu organisations had warned state-wide protests and challenged the government that they would not allow the colleges to be built.

The development had created furor in the state. Hindu Jana Jagruthi Samithi leader Mohan Gowda had warned that if colleges for Muslim girls are coming up exclusively, then, Hindu colleges, varsities should also be built.

Sri Rama Sena founder Pramod Muthalik had challenged the ruling BJP that building of exclusive colleges for Muslim girls would not be allowed in Karnataka. State-wide protests would be launched, he added.

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