Scores of locals from Mumbra, a Muslim pocket here, burnt effigies of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to protest against the state government's decision to de-recognise madrasas which impart only religious education.
Amid outrage over Maharashtra government's decision to de-recognise madrasas which only educate students on Islam, the Shiv Sena Saturday said the move should not be seen as one intended to strike a blow to religious education in the state.
The Centre on Friday sought to allay the apprehensions sparked by the BJP-led Maharashtra government's decision to de-recognise madrasas which give students education only on religion, saying madrasas "are a reality of India" and that "there should be no politics on the issue".
Days after an AMU professor sparked controversy by allegedly calling madrasas "dens of vice and homosexuality", the university VC on Sunday hit out at the "misplaced slander campaign" that can lead to unjustified denigration of madrasas and hurt the entire Muslim community.
Students of over 50 government-run and -aided Madrasa in the district will not be able to watch live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech tomorrow as there is no official communication from district authorities and also it is a weekly holiday in the institutions.
Shiv Sena, which has been critical of Maharashtra government`s decision to fund modernisation of madrasas, Wednesday, sought imposition of certain conditions for these Islamic seminaries benefiting from the government funds.
Terming Maharashtra government`s decision to grant funds for modernisation of the teaching system at madrasas as unconstitutional, state BJP asked if the government could guarantee that religious education won`t be imparted.