Bhopal: The recent declaration by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on teaching Bhagvad Gita in schools here has stirred up a hornet's nest in the state.

A group of intellectuals in a meeting organised under the banner of National Secular Forum and Harmony Foundation on Saturday expressed their disagreement on the Chief Minister’s decision. Coming down heavily on the decision, the members decided to protest the move.

The members said that the CM should respect the Constitution and take decisions accordingly. Every religion holds equal position in India, they said.

“The right to promote study based on religion is given only to the concerned religious associations and not the government. This is really disappointing that the government is promoting it,” said Ibrahim Qureshi, state President, Muslim Education Society.

Echoing the similar views, Anand Muttungal, Spokesperson of Catholic Church said, “Promoting study of any particular religion is disastrous for the society and communal harmony.” He added, “The government should promote every religion for the sake of communal harmony.”

JPN/Bureau