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Bommai, Waqf Board clarify on opening colleges for Muslim women

Bengaluru: A day after Waqf Board’s announcement that the state government has given consent to it to estabish 10 colleges for Muslim women students, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said no such discussion has taken place at any level.
“I don’t know, it might be the Waqf Chairman’s personal view. It has not been deliberated upon at any level of my government, and it is not its stand as well. If he wants, the Waqf Chairman can visit me for a discussion,” Bommai said in reply to a query.
The right wing groups have not taken the issue cordially and have raised objections.
Karnataka Waqf Minister Shashikala Jolle also issued a statement clarifying that there was no proposal of establishing colleges for Muslim women before the government.
“It is far from truth. The Waqf Board Chairman’s statement on the issue is his own. I have already spoken to him and asked him to issue a clarification on it,” she said in a statement.
Earlier, Karnataka Waqf Board Chairman Maulana Shafti Saadi had said Minister Jolle had given in-principal consent of starting 10 colleges for Muslim women in the state at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore per college.
Saadi said the proposed colleges would be set up in Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga, Kodagu, Chikkodi, Nippani, Kalaburagi, Bijapur, Bagalkote among other places in the state.
After hijab row, Muslim community have been demanding setting up of women colleges by Waqf Board where they can wear hijab while studying. They had even met Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani in this regard.
In a U-turn, Saadi on Thursday said the discussions have not taken place at the government level, but only at Waqf Board level. “The proposal is still getting ready and will be sent to the government in the days to come,” he said.