I haven`t resigned as Darul VC: Vastanvi

Vastanvi, who was elected vice-chancellor on January 10, has been facing protests from students at the seminary after he reportedly said that Muslims should forget the communal riots of 2002.

Updated: Jan 27, 2011, 17:48 PM IST

Vadodara: Maulana Gulam Mohammad Vastanvi,
who stirred a controversy with his remarks on Gujarat, on Thursday
said he has not resigned as vice chancellor of Darul Uloom
Deoband and a final decision on him will be taken by the
governing council of the Islamic seminary.

"I have not yet resigned. A meeting of the Majlis-e-
Soora (governing council) will be held on February 23, in
which scholars from all over the country will come. I will
present my case and they will decide on whether I should
continue or not," Vastanvi told reporters here.

"I still continue to be vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom
till February 23," he said.

Vastanvi, who was elected vice-chancellor on January
10, has been facing protests from students at the seminary
after he reportedly said that Muslims should forget the
communal riots of 2002 and move on and that the community did
not face discrimination in Gujarat.

Vastanvi, who hails from Surat, said he did not give a
clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the
2002 post-Godhra riots.

"My statements (on Modi) were either misunderstood or
badly represented in Urdu media. My first interview published
in the newspaper clearly stated that I have not given a clean
chit to Modi," he said.

Vastanvi, who arrived here from Delhi en route
Nandurbar, was accorded a warm welcome by Muslim community
members who had gathered in large numbers.

PTI