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Cong. demands de-saffronisation of U.P. books

Tuesday 26 July 2005

LUCKNOW: Demanding ``de-saffronisation’’ of 31 books being used in schools across Uttar Pradesh, the Congress today asked the State government to ``seize’’ all such texts in circulation and punish the guilty.

The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader in the Assembly, Pramod Tiwari, demanded that the objectionable portions be removed from the books at the earliest.

The BJP leaders protested to Mr. Tiwari’s allegation and rushed to the well of the House shouting slogans.

The BJP Legislative Party leader, Lalji Tandon, said the Congress was only trying to foment communal tension by raising the issue.

``If the State government finds any objectionable matter in these textbooks, it should be removed,’’ he said.

Short notice

However, the Urban Development Minister, Mohd. Azam Khan, observed it was not possible to change the text at such a short notice.

Without naming any party, Mr. Khan also said the State Government could act better without the advice of those who praise the British rule or visit the Mausoleum of Jinnah in Pakistan.

``The Basic Education Minister has been asked to look into the matter,’’ he assured the House. The

UP Deeni Taleemi Council had yesterday released the review of 31 textbooks recognised by the State government. It alleged that the books contained ``objectionable contents’’ which could damage the secular fabric of the Indian society.

The Council lamented that although the books were prepared during the tenure of the previous Government regime, they continued to be taught despite objections of the minority community.

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