Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has put himself again in a new controversy after making controversial comments referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin and BJP lawmaker in the same breath. He said madrasas “do not produce people like Nathuram Godse or Pragya Singh Thakur.”

On Tuesday, the parliamentarian from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, Azam Khan, has been asked by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new plan to connect madrasas to mainstream education. Azam Khan there stated that “Madrasas don’t breed those of Nathuram Godse’s nature or with a personality like Pragya Thakur’s. First announce that those propagating thoughts of Nathuram Godse will be declared enemies of democracy, those convicted for terror activities won’t be rewarded.”

Pragya Thakur won last month’s election from Bhopal as a BJP candidate and she remained in the highlight throughout the election for her provocative statements mostly praising Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 as “patriot”.

Mr. Khan said that if the central government wanted to help madrasas, then they should bring improvements in them. “Religious teaching is given at madrasas. At the very same madrasas, English, Hindi, and Maths are taught. This has always been done. If you want to help, improve their standard. Build buildings for madrasas, provide them with furniture and midday meals,” he added.

However, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that “Madrasas are in large number across the country. They will be connected with the formal education and mainstream education so that those children studying there can also contribute in the development of the society.”

Mr. Naqvi further claimed that the madrasa teachers all over the country will be given training from various institutions in various subjects such as Hindi, English, Maths, Science, and Computers. “This programme will be launched next month,” he posted on Twitter.

In the previous 2014 election, PM Modi had outlined the plan to modernize the Madrasas and said, “Hold a Quran in one hand and computer in the other.”

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