125 schools in West Bengal have been accused of promoting religious intolerance.
The battle between the ruling Trinamool
Congress and the BJP in West Bengal has escalated with the state
government issuing a show cause notice to 125 schools, many of them
linked to the BJP's ideological mentor RSS over suspicions that they
were promoting religious intolerance.
A CPM lawmaker member had
this week in the Assembly drawn the government's attention to 300
schools being run by outfits backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh
(RSS) in the state, accusing them of giving students religious lessons
and not just the curriculum prescribed by government authorities.
Education Minister Partha Chatterjee minister promised to act on the lawmaker's complaint.
these claims are true then these activities will be stopped. Nobody
will be allowed to teach religious doctrines in schools," Mr Chatterjee
told reporters on Friday.
run by private trusts like Sarada Shishu Tirtha, Saraswati Shishu
Mandir and Vivekanada Vidya Vikas Parishad are under the scanner of the
"This is a genuine complaint and the school
education department is inquiring into the charges against those
schools. There are 125 schools out of which 96 have not obtained any NOC
(No Objection Certificate) from the government. They are running these
schools without the NOC. These schools will be taken to task and we have
issued show cause notices," Mr Chatterjee told reporters.
BJP has hit back at the Trinamool Congress. State BJP president Dilip
Ghosh said instead of targeting the Sangh Parivar schools, the
government should be monitoring madrasas and Christian missionary
"How can they issue a show cause notice? The schools run
with the government's permission. The Sangh Parivar is increasing its
activities and obviously the West Bengal government is trying to stop us
from doing so," Dilip Ghosh told NDTV.
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