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No plan to open hijab-friendly colleges, says Karnataka CM | India News


BENGALURU: Karnataka State Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday denied reports that the state government had agreed to the Karnataka State Auqaf Council to open 10 hijab-friendly schools and colleges for Muslim students. in the state.
“This issue has not been discussed in our government, and it is not the position of our government,” said Bommai.
The CM issued a clarification notice after pro-Hindu groups threatened to organize protests after Karnataka State Auqaf Council President Maulana Shafi Saadi recently announced that the council had decided plans to establish Muslim girls’ universities in Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga, Kodagu, Chikkodi, Nippani, Kalaburagi, Vijayapura and Bagalkot districts, among others, at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore each University.
Saadi is said to have stated that Muslim women will be allowed to wear the hijab in these colleges as Karnataka HC has supported the move to ban the hijab in government-run colleges . In addition, he said Haj and waqf minister Shashikala Jolle gave the green light for the move and added that a delegation had been sent to Delhi to meet the Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani on this problem.
With the issue generating heat, Shashikala Jolle said there had never been such a proposal before the government. “I spoke to the chairman of the waqf board and asked him to clarify the speculation that has arisen.”
Later in the day, Saadi said his comments were misquoted in the media and added that a school specifically for Muslims was not on the list. He claimed that he had told several news outlets that the board had a fund of Rs 25 crore and Rs 2.5 crore to be given to open colleges for women in each of the 10 districts, he added. tnn

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