Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has stoked a controversy by saying that "madrasas do not breed people like that of Nathuram Godse or a personality like Pragya Singh Thakur."Godse had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi while Pragya Singh Thakur, current BJP MP from Bhopal, is an accused in Malegaon blast. On being asked to respond on Centre's decision to connect madrasas to mainstream education, Khan said, "Madrasas don't breed people like that of Nathuram Godse or a personality like Pragya Thakur. See that first, announce that those propagating thoughts of Nathuram Godse will be declared enemies of democracy, those convicted for terror activities won't be rewarded."
Khan, who is known for giving such controversial statements, said that if the central government wants to help madrasas then they should improve their standard. "Religious teachings are imparted at madrasas. At the very same madrasas, English, Hindi and Maths are taught. This has always been done. If you want to help, improve their standard. Build buildings for madrasas, provide them furniture and midday meal facility," Khan said.