Row Over Muhammad Ali Jinnah Portrait At Aligarh Muslim University

Row Over Muhammad Ali Jinnah Portrait At Aligarh Muslim University

Leaving the ruling BJP red-faced, one of Yogi's cabinet ministers Swami Prasad Maurya on Tuesday slammed Satish Gautam, party MP from Aligarh, for questioning the portrait decorating the walls of students union hall of AMU. According to Satish, Jinnah was responsible for the partition of India and Pakistan and therefore, now Pakistan continues to trouble India.

Guatam said he doesn't know where the picture is displayed in the university but questioned why it is there altogether. 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. The BJP MP had earlier filed an RTI application seeking information about the portrait of Jinnah which was ignored by the AMU administration.

"No vice chancellor or governing body has ever tried to infringe upon such rights and hence, while we may have different views from the student union on many matters, the AMU authorities have always tried to avoid directly intervening in their matters", he added. The portrait of Jinnah was installed in 1938 when he was conferred lifetime membership in AMU students union.

"He was the hero of undivided India".

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"It is a tradition since 1920 to honour people of eminence with life membership".

"The AMU was not under any sort of pressure from any government agency", he added.

In a telephonic conversation, Mansoor said, "We are not considering any such proposal about allowing anyone to oraganise any shakha". He said no other Jinnah picture can be found elsewhere on campus - in any department, library or any other building.

Calling Jinnah a "mahapurush" who contributed for India before Pakistan was formed, Maurya told reporters, "Jin bhi mahapurushon ka yogdaan is rashtra ke nirmaan mein raha hai yadi un par koi ungli uthaata hai to bahut ghatiya baat hai".

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