Rubbish, uncalled for, misleading and far from reality is what
Muslim scholars and elites have termed Maulana Ghulam
Mohammad Vastanvi's statement praising Narendra Modi and the
present situation in Gujarat.
Maulana Vastanvi's reported
statement about Narendra Modi and the present situation for
minorities in Gujarat appeared in the media today few days after
he won the elections and became the
Vice Chancellor of renowned Islamic Seminary Darul Deoband.
"Narendra Modi's hands are
stained with the blood of hundreds of Muslims. Moreover, he never showed any
remorse for his failure as Chief Minister during the
Gujarat riots. Maulana Vastanvi's comments that appeared in today's
newspaper are far from reality and lack credibility", Maulana
Syed Mohammad Wali Rehmani said while speaking to ummid.com on
phone from Patna.
Maulana Syed Mohammad Wali Rehmani,
head of Khankahe Rehmania, Munger and Vice President of All India
Majlise Mushawerat was reacting to the Maulana Vastanvi's
statement praising Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi that
appeared in a leading Indian English daily today morning.
In the statement that the daily
termed as 'the
most significant endorsement of Modi', Maulana Vastanvi has said
all communities are prospering in Narendra Modi's Gujarat, and
there is no discrimination against the minorities in the state as
far as development is concerned.
Advising Maulana Vastanvi to clarify
his stand, Maulana Rehmani said, "At the time when evidences after
evidences are coming out to prove the involvement of Hindu right
wing organizations in terrorism, one should think twice before
opening the mouth".
Deoband alumnus and Director of
Markazul Maarif, Mumbai Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi while denouncing
Maulana Vastanvi's statement said, "What Maulana Vastanvi has
reportedly said about Narendra Modi and the present situation in
Gujarat is absolutely rubbish and far from reality."
Stating that Maulana Vastanvi should
have avoided giving such statement as the VC of Darul Uloom
Deoband, he said, "He is from Gujarat and might be needing
'support from the government' to run his institutions in the
state. He is free to do that in his personal capacity. But as the
VC of Darul Uloom, his responsibilities are much more. He should
refrain from issuing such absurd statements."
Gen Secretary of All India Milli
Council, Mumbai Maulana Mehmood Daryabadi while expressing shock
over the statement said, "Darul Uloom Deoband is an Islamic and
religious seminary and it has never involved itself in politics.
Maulana Vastanvi's statements are uncalled for and by issuing such
statement, he has degraded his post."
Questioning the motive behind
Maulana Vastanvi's statement National Integration Council NC)
member Naved Hamid said, "Of late, every businessman and those who
have 'resources' and 'money' are coming out in support of Narendra
Modi. They are doing so perhaps to safeguard their interests."
"If Narendra Modi is providing equal
opportunities to every one", he asked, "Why he is not interested
in minority development schemes for minorities in Gujarat? Why
instead of pushing the justice to those who suffered during the
riots and killed in dubious encounters, his government is taking
all efforts to bail out the culprits?"
Meanwhile, ummid.com's repeated
attempts to contact Maulana Ghulam Vastanvi failed. However, he
found a supporter in Editor of New Delhi based The Milli
Gazette Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan.
"One may disagree with what Maulana
Vastanvi said about Narendra Modi and Gujarat. But I think the
situation has improved for the minorities in Gujarat and Maulana
Vastanvi's observation is appropriate and good for the community
in the present scenario", he said while speaking to ummid.com on
phone from New Delhi.