The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday withdrew the notification introducing chapters from Gita in Urdu medium schools,hours before Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was set to host an iftar party at his official residence.
The notification issued on August 1 permitted introducing one chapter each in Class I and II of Special Urdu and Special English textbooks besides Special Hindi textbooks prescribed for Special Hindi Class IX to XII and Special English in Class XI and XII.
Following media reports the government late on Monday issued a clarification saying the chapters will not be made mandatory and also listed instances of chapters based on other religions that are already part of the school syllabus in the state.
However,what appears to have forced the government to completely withdraw the notification on Tuesday was an appeal made by a section of Muslim community to the Shahar Qazi to consider boycott of the iftar party,a situation that would have embarrassed Chouhan,who flaunts his secular image by often sporting the scull cap and attending iftar parties. The Congress party,meanwhile,said the decision to introduce chapters from Gita was neither constitutional nor moral in nature.