Madrassas teaching terrorism, says BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj
LUCKNOW: After Yogi Adityanath, another BJP MP Sakshi
Maharaj has triggered a controversy with a statement against a minority
community. The BJP MP from Unnao on Sunday alleged that madrassas were giving “education
of terrorism” evoking strong reactions from opposition parties.
“Education of terrorism is being given in madrassas.
They (madrassas) ... are making them terrorists and jihadis ... It is not in
national interest,” the MP from Unnao constituency told reporters in Nademau in
Kannauj district, 120 km from here.
He alleged that students were not being taught about
nationalism in the religious schools. “Tell me about one madrassa where tricolour
is hoisted even on August 15 and January 26,” he said.
The Unnao MP said madrassas “which have no connection
with nationalism” are being given government aid. “Most of our schools do not
take the aid but it is being given to madrassas having no connection with
nationalism,” he said.
Recently another BJP MP Yogi Adityanath was pulled up
by the Election Commission for hate speech during campaigning for UP bypolls. Yogi
Adityanath courted controversy in Noida when he equated the rise in communal violence
in western UP with the increasing population of a particular community.
The Samajwadi Party denounced Sakshi’s ‘hate speech’,
saying it was an attempt to create division among communities. “Sakshi has
given a hate speech which is aimed towards creating differences in the society,”
SP spokesman Rajendra Chaurdhary said.
The Congress also slammed the BJP leader for his
remarks. Congress leader Manish Tewari accused BJP of promoting communal
Earlier, during a programme in Etah on September 7,
Sakshi had reportedly labelled madrassas as “hub of terror” and alleged that
'love jihad” prospers through such institutions.