BENGALURU : In connection with the hijab ban in schools and colleges in Karnataka, state Education Minister Madhu Bangarappa on Tuesday said the Congress government will take a decision which would benefit all students.
Speaking to reporters, Bangarappa admitted that were a few legal roadblocks over the hijab issue, but “we will take a decision which will benefit the whole student community”.
“We will also pursue the matter legally keeping the interest of all students in mind,” he said.
Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar and the Congress had vehemently stated that including the ban on hijab, all laws made on communal basis by the former BJP government would be withdrawn once the Congress assumed power in the state.
Cabinet Minister Priyank Kharge has also maintained that the Congress will withdraw the ban on hijab, halal cut and cow slaughter laws.
The hijab row, which was initially started by six students of the Udupi Pre-University Girls College, quickly turned to a fulll blown crisis in the state last year.
The students refusing to attend classes without hijab still maintain that they will wait until a final verdict is given by the Supreme Court.
The issue had taken a communal turn and resulted in revenge killings in the state.
In his address to the reporters on Tuesday, Bangarappa further said that there was no confusion over textbooks and uniforms.
“All preparations are made to commence the schools for the academic year. I am visiting a school in Shivamogga and welcoming students to schools. The Department of Education is ready. The children can come to schools with all the joy and without any concerns,” he said.
Following Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s firm words that he wouldn’t allow texts and lessons that poison children’s minds, Bangarappa stated that the textbook revision exercise would be taken up in a phased manner.
The Congress party had assured textbook revision in its manifesto.
“The revision exercise would be taken up in a phased manner. Whichever lesson threatens to poison the minds of children would be changed,” he said.
Bangarappa further stated that the future course of action would be initiated after getting guidance from Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar.
“I have already discussed the matter with the Chief Minister and he has given suggestions,” he added. — IANS