Close on the heels of Muslim League local self Government Minister MK Muneer issuing Government Order asking the Panchayats, Municipalities and Corporations of Kerala to contribute from rupees one lakh to three lakh to a Muslim League sponsored Trust in the name of his father CH Mohammed Koya, is the Muslim League conspiracy to convert 35 madrasas, attached schools, wholly owned by Muslim League leaders into Government aided schools.
35 schools were started by Muslim League and other Muslim organisations in Malabar area under centrally sponsored Area Intensive Programme for Educationally Backward Minorities. The entire expenses for the land, buildings and infrastructure were paid by Government of India.
A week back, the official website of the Kerala Government informed that these schools were being taken over by Government of Kerala (GoK). When questioned in Assembly by Opposition CPM, Chief Minister said the government plan is to take over, while the Muslim League Minister Abdu Rabb said it will be in aided sector.
If the schools are taken over by Government, ownership, land, buildings, appointment of teachers will be done by GoK. In an aided school, while expenses will be met by Government, the ownership will remain with the Muslim League leaders. These schools will get an annual aid of Rs 50 crore and the Muslim League can mint money by taking lakhs for appointment of teachers.
The newly self-appointment champion of Hindus, CPM, has opposed this and has planned massive agitation. The RSS, BJP and VHP have also opposed this dangerous move and are planning massive demonstrations.
In a major move aimed at consolidating Hindu anger against Oommen Chandy, pampering Muslim League for protecting his Chief Ministership, the Nair Service Society (NSS) and Sree Narayana Dharma Paripala Yogam (SNDP), the sword arms of the Nair and Ezhava Hindus, have decided to join together and work for the majority Hindus against blatant Muslim appeasement policy.
On June 27, NSS and SNDP general secretaries G Sukumaran Nair and Vellapally Natesan talked over phone and decided on massive joint agitations. They said this move is a dent on the delicate communal and social equilibrium. They hit out that social justice is being denied and development is only for the Muslims of Malabar.
NSS and SNDP have also accused the Muslim League of arrogance. After getting the votes of Hindus and winning, the Muslim League is acting against the majority, which is undemocratic and unacceptable.
Individual Congress leaders and other components of UDF are also angry at the blatant pro-Muslim attitude of Oommen Chandy. They are angry that for such a major issue, having far reaching consequences decision has been taken without discussing in the KPCC and UDF.
Anyway the uniting of NSS and SNDP is a positive augury for Hindu unity in Kerala.
Protest is growing in Kerala against the alleged “hijacking” of the Congress-led UDF Government by the Muslim League, especially with respect to the affairs in the Ministry of Education which a Minister of that party is looking after. The Muslim League is the second largest constituent of the ruling coalition.
Meanwhile, the Assembly on June 27, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy revised a statement he made the previous day, allegedly under Muslim League pressure, to agree with its proposal to include 35 schools in Muslim-majority Malappuram district in the aided sector. He himself had said in the Assembly on June 26, that no decision had been taken in this regard.
The somersault of the Chief Minister has irked the CPI(M)-led Opposition LDF as well as the majority community outfits. It prompted Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan to ask, “How many Chief Ministers does Kerala have?” while Vellappally Natesan, general secretary of Hindu Ezhavas’ outfit SNDP Yogam, said the League was plundering public resources.
G Sukumaran Nair, general secretary of the NSS, said “at this rate”, the Chief Minister’s office and the State Secretariat would have to be transplanted to Malappuram, known as the stronghold of the Muslim League.
Before leading the Opposition in a walkout from the Assembly in protest against the proposal and the Chief Minister’s somersault on June 27, Achuthanandan said the Muslim League was aiming to allot the schools to party-related managements through a huge corruption move.
Even the State’s Congress unit and its students’ wing have aired open protests against the move.
KPCC chief resents aided ‘status’ to ML schools
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala, on June 26, objected to the Cabinet decision to convert 35 schools in Malappuram functioning under a Union government scheme into aided institutions.
Shri Chennithala made his position known to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy soon after the issue figured in the Assembly and left the State government in a spot.
He is understood to have said that the decision would lead to a major socio-political polarisation, which could not be rectified by the United Democratic Front together or the Congress and the Indian Union Muslim League separately. No discussions had been held in the forums of the ruling front or in the Congress before such an important policy decision was taken.
The Cabinet meeting of June 13 took the decision overruling five major objections raised by the Finance Department, questioning its legality and the additional financial burden on the State government. It gave retrospective effect to the decision, thus sanctioning Rs 52 crore in arrears of dearness allowance to the employees with a proviso that the amount would be added to their Provident Fund accounts.
Shri Chennithala said that the decision, if implemented, would, in effect, add 35 more schools in the aided sector.
Sources said the Muslim League leader PK Kunhalikutty called up Shri Chennithala to explain the situation, but the Congress leader stood his ground. The KPCC president said that he was not opposed to giving aided status to these institutions, but there should have been some parity in the decision in favour of schools run by other sections as well.
Shri Chennithala’s stand makes it difficult for the government to go ahead with its decision if only because of the heated debates it was likely to generate in the coming days. His stand will add to the discomfiture of the government, which found itself on the backfoot when the Opposition raised the issue during the course of the Education Minister’s reply to the demand for grants related to his department.
Shri Sukumaran Nair told the media that Shri Chandy’s statement showed that he had lost command over the administration which he led. The decision had made a huge dent on the delicate communal and social equilibrium in the State and the only way to fix it was to make these schools government schools.
“It was a unilateral decision made by Shri Chandy on account of the pressure of minority politics. The decision did not even have the support of the Congress leadership,” he said referring to the statements from various Congress leaders.
Shri Nair said that the telephonic talk with Shri Natesan was a new beginning in the relations between the two organisations and the future course of action would be finalised soon.
On joint stir
Shri Natesan confirmed that they had decided to work together in the larger interests of the Hindu community.
On the question of launching a joint stir against the government on issues including those in the education sector, he said the proposal should be taken up with the NSS leadership.
‘‘Social justice is being denied in the State. Now the situation is such that the process of development is meant only for a particular community in Malabar, and that too targeted at the rich section of the community. This excludes the poor of that community. The other communities, including Christians, are treated as second-class citizens,’’ Vellapally Natesan general secretary SNDP said.
He said that the Chief Minister had lost his face on the fifth ministerial berth issue. The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) which had protested against the fifth Minister issue could not implement its decision.
He described the IUML as a party of ‘muscle power, money power, and manpower.’ He demanded that the KPCC president, if he has any dignity, resign and go to the people.