PC washes hands of fatwa row

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram greets Rector of the Darul Uloom at the general session of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind in Deoband on Tuesday. PTI

“Home Minister P Chidambaram was at the JUH conference at Deoband on November 3 between 10 am and 12 noon. No resolution was passed during that period. When he spoke, he was not aware of any resolution relating to Vande Mataram or women’s reservation and television,” a statement issued by his office said.

Besides, the home minister was reading from a prepared text and there was no occasion to depart from that text, the statement said reacting to criticism by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who had said Chidambaram’s presence at the programme “gave legitimacy to the resolution... it is a matter of concern.”

In the resolution, the Jamiat had asked the members of the community not to recite “Vande Mataram” on the ground that some verses of the national song are against the tenets of Islam.

The Jamiat’s opposition to the recitation of the song came when it supported seminary Darul Uloom’s “fatwa” (edict) which opposes any prayer involving the song.
Meanwhile, the BJP on Wednesday sought an apology from Chidambaram as it was not satisfied by his clarification that he was not aware of Deoband resolution against recitation of  Vande Mataram. The BJP, which condemned Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind’s resolution on Tuesday said Chidambaram ought to know such things in advance.

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