Patna, August 27: Hundreds of Madrasa teacher launched a protest against the state government for non-payment of their dues since the past 2 years. On Thursday, the Bihar State Madrasa Teacher’s Association led an agitation chief minister Nitish Kumar for not paying heed to their concerns. Police resorted to baton charge to disperse the gathering. Also Read - West Bengal Elections 2021: Cops Deny Permission To Asaduddin Owaisi's First Rally In Kolkata
According to Mukhtar Alam, a member of the association, there are 2459 registered Madrasas in Bihar. The government is assigned to provide aide to these institutions by paying monthly salary of the teaching staff. Despite a sufficient budget of 120 crores allotted by the government, only 205 madrasa teachers have received their salary in the past two years. Although, the association has registered complain in the education department and minority commission, the state government has taken no action. (ALSO READ: No politics over Madrasas, says Muktar Abbas Naqvi) Also Read - Bihar: 6 Killed, 3 Injured in Road Accident in Katihar's Kursela
The issue raised by madrasa teachers ahead of the upcoming elections is bound to irk the Nitish Kumar-led secular alliance, which heavily depend on the Muslim votes. With the entry of right wing Muslim political party, All India Majlees-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the electoral battle, result of 50 constituencies where Muslim population is high, could be altered by division of minority votes.