Indian MP demands removal of Jinnahs portrait from AMU

first_imgMuhammad Ali JinnahAn Indian lawmaker of ruling BJP, in a letter on Monday, has demanded Aligarh Muslim University to remove an 80-year old portrait of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah from the varsity’s students union office.Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Satish Gautam has sent the letter addressing the AMU vice chancellor Tariq Mansoor.In response to the letter another BJP leader Swami Prasad Maurya, the cabinet minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday slammed Satish Gautam for questioning AMU, says a Times of India report.The letter said, Jinnah’s photo should not be put up in India. Instead of putting Pakistan’s founder’s portrait the university should observe the contributions of Raja Mahendra Pratap and Sir Syed Ahmed who had a crucial role in establishing the university, reads an Indian Express report.Reacting to the letter, students union of AMU said, Jinnah and many other pre-partition leaders were conferred honorary membership of the university and their portraits have been installed since 1920. The portrait of Jinnah was installed in 1938 when he was conferred lifetime membership in AMU students union.The BJP MP sought a detailed explanation from the university authorities justifying the ‘compulsion’ of having Jinnah’s photo in the university. According to Satish, Jinnah was responsible for the partition of India and Pakistan and therefore, now Pakistan continues to trouble India.In response to the letter Swami Prasad Maurya on Tuesday referring Jinnah as ‘Great Man’ said, “It is shameful for anyone to point a finger on great leaders who contributed towards formation of the country.”last_img

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