Praising Modi woes; Muslim maulana to resign

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Gulam Mohammad Vastanvi
Deoband, Jan 26: The recently elected chief of India's oldest Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom, Deoband praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for all developments of the state during his (Modi's) reign. But the move by the Muslim maulana became a headache for him.

Citing an irresistible protest in the campus by the Muslim students, Maulana Gulam Mohammad Vastanvi, the chief, on Jan 24 decided to resign from his post next month.

The deputy head of the seminary Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi told that Vastanvi has decided to convene a meeting of Majlis-e-Soora (governing council) before Feb 15 and resign from his post.

According to Madrasi, Vastanvi is of the view that the situation in the seminary was not conducive for him to continue as the vice-chancellor and therefore, he wants to step down.

Vastanvi, who hails from Surat in Gujarat and was elected V-C on Jan 10, has been facing protests from students at the seminary after he had said that Muslims should forget the communal pogramme of 2002 (Godhra riot) and move on and that their community did not face discrimination in Chief Minister Narendra Modi's state.

However, the maulana later said that he did not give a "clean chit" to Modi.

OneIndia News
(With inputs from PTI)

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