Vastanvi`s removal setback to secular forces: BJP

BJP said Mohammed Vastanvi has been "tormented and victimised" for speaking the "truth" about Gujarat`s growth under Narendra Modi.

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2011, 20:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Describing the sacking of
Darul Uloom Vice Chancellor Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi as a
disappointment for all "secular forces", the BJP on Sunday said he
has been "tormented and victimised" for speaking the "truth"
about Gujarat`s growth under Narendra Modi.

"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 opposition party also took note of the fact that
four members in the governing council supported Vastanvi.

"But it is most unfortunate that he was not removed on
charges of corruption or incompetency or for that matter for
moral turpitude but for speaking the truth. A truth that
Gujarat has developed under Modi," Rudy said.

He insisted that the minorities in Gujarat had
benefited from overall growth of the state under 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," 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 Modi, Gujarat has emerged as one of
the most prosperous states," Rudy said.

PTI