New Delhi: West Bengal government on Friday sought names of the government and aided schools having more than 70 per cent minority students, in order to send a proposal for construction of dining hall for mid-day meals. Also Read - BJP Demands Deployment of Central Forces in West Bengal Ahead of Crucial Assembly Polls
But hours after the reports surfaced, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an official communique clarified that the circular was distributed in all the schools statewide and not just to those with the majority of minority students. Also Read - 'Name Change Virus?' Internet Explodes With Memes After Gujarat Govt Renames Dragon Fruit As 'Kamalam'
“Circular was worded in a manner to figure if minority students are in greater numbers so that we can channelize Minority Welfare Department funds into this scheme, that is GoI guideline, we’re following that. It’s a technical matter, nothing more,” the state government specified. Also Read - Dragon Fruit to be Renamed as 'Kamalam' by Gujarat Government. But Why?
The chief minister’s office in the statement further said,”The idea is to pool in funds from different departments so that the scheme can be effectively implemented. It was not supposed to divide students in any way.”
But, according to the circular, the government has sought an urgent list of state-run schools which have more than 70 per cent, Muslim students. The minority affairs portfolio in West Bengal is held by Mamata Banerjee, with Gias Uddin Mollah as the Minister of State.
Soon after, the BJP raked up an issue of Mamata trying to appease the minorities.
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh was quick to point out this segregation and tweeted:
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the CPI-M and the Congress to join hands with her to take on the BJP, which has been making steady inroads in the state.