New Delhi, Jan 28 (Jagran News Network): Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, the Darul Uloom Deoband vice-chancellor, is stern to continue with his post showing dissent to those seeking his resignation for allegedly praising Gujarat Chief Minister, according to the media reports.

He took this decision on Thursday saying that his plan to continue ought to be firmed at a meeting of the Majlis-e-Shoora, scheduled for February 23. This collegium had selected him to lead this Islamic seminary near Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Vastanvi had earlier appeared to have succumbed to the pressure from those seeking his dismissal for allegedly giving Modi a clean chit. But his rebellious stand on Thursday appears to have been prompted by the continued backing from those who elected him, and should lead to a war of words with his rivals.

 

Agencies quoted Vastanvi denying of giving a clean chit to Modi and his original statement (to a daily) had been altered by the Urdu media. "The people of Gujarat agree on the fact that development is happening in the state, and everyone, whether a Hindu or a Muslim, is there," the agency quoted him as saying.

But sources said Vastanvi's decision to stay on came to blows after talks between the two Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind sections led by Rajya Sabha MP Mahmood Madani and his uncle Arshad Madani failed. Between them, the two Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind sections control about 15 of the 18 Shoora votes.