FOLLOWING Bombay High Court directions, Samajwadi Party corporator Rais Shaikh had submitted a fresh petition to the state government opposing the proposed implementation of a resolution making Suryanamaskar mandatory in the city’s BMC-run schools.
Shaikh submitted his petition to Education Minister Vinod Tawde and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday with the plea that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s resolution on the subject be revoked.
The resolution to make BJP’s controversial proposal of making Suryanamaskar and Yoga mandatory in BMC-run schools was passed by the general body on August 23. The Samajwadi Party had approached the Bombay High Court against this.
The petitioner was directed to approach the state government before approaching the judicial authority.
In an order on September 30, the Bombay High Court stated that the state government ‘has the power to suspend or rescind any resolution or order of the corporation”. Chief Justice MS Sonak, in his order, asked the state government to dispose of the matter within two months from the date of receipt of the petitioner’s representation.
Shaikh’s petition stated that the resolution of making Suryanamaskar mandatory in 1285 civic schools in the city would violate a citizen’s fundamental right ‘to preach, practice, propagate religion’. Shaikh, in his petition, stated around 400 civic schools were Urdu medium with around one lakh students who mostly follow Islam.
“Our Quran clearly states that we cannot ascribe partners to Allah which is considered to be a grave transgression. A person following the concept of Islam cannot be compelled to perform the Suryanamaskar since it would oppose their religious beliefs,” said Shaikh.
Shaikh stated that they wanted a hearing from the education minister and added that they will expedite the campaign and will take the protest onto the streets after Muharram. “This resolution is a direct violation of the constitution. The Bombay High Court has given the state government a chance to revoke the wrong decision. If we do not get a favourable response, then we will approach the court again after two months,” he said.