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Amid AMU Row, Samajwadi Party Leader Compares Jinnah To Gandhi, Nehru

07 May 2018

Wading into the controversy over the presence of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah's portrait in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh said that Muslims who support the idea of having Jinnah's portrait in AMU are insulting their forefathers. He also said that Indian leaders' posters will not be found anywhere in Pakistan, so why should India hang portraits of Pakistan' leaders.

Gautam, in a letter written by Gautam to the AMU vice-chancellor Tariq Mansoor, had sought an explanation for placing the picture of Jinnah in the institute.

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The administration has suspended internet services in communally sensitive Aligarh district from 2 pm today to midnight tomorrow to prevent rumour mongering.

Talking to ANI, Trivedi castigated sympathizers of Jinnah, who was responsible for country's partition.

He expressed solidarity with the students and teachers of AMU and demanded immediate arrest of hooligans and strict legal action against them for vitiating the peaceful atmosphere within the campus. They also highlighted the recent news that Hindu students at AMU protected their Muslim co-students while the latter were doing namaz underlining the secular approach of the students which the fascist RSS seeks to undermine. A picture of the man responsible for India's division can not be accepted in a public-funded institution, they have said.

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The Jinnah row started after BJP's Aligarh lawmaker Satish Gautam wrote to AMU raising objections to the portrait.

On Thursday, 28 students and 13 cops were injured in a clash which broke out between AMU students and the police.

He said that BJP is doing politics in the name of Jinnah. Siding with the AMU students, Umari said that it has always been a practice in AMU to display portraits of its lifetime members of the students' union in the campus.

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Amid AMU Row, Samajwadi Party Leader Compares Jinnah To Gandhi, Nehru