Amu Issue Could Snowball Into Major Controversy
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has warned of “massive student unrest” and a “probability of communal conflagration” if “certain elements” proceed with their plans of celebrating Raja Mahendra Pratap Day on the campus on December 1, the Jat King’s birth anniversary.
AMU ISSUE COULD SNOWBALL INTO MAJOR CONTROVERSY
In a letter to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah, without naming the BJP, which has called for the celebrations, or the ruling SP, which has opposed it, said the “political gamesmanship” being played out “has potential for serious trouble”.
“In view of the threat of disturbance from these people, claiming to be affiliated to various political parties/outfits, another political outfit opposing them joined the fray and announced that they would not allow the rally to be held. This political gamesmanship, if allowed to proceed, has potential for serious trouble,” Shah’s letter reads.
A row had erupted soon after UP BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai announced that he will celebrate the “Jat King’s” birth anniversary on AMU campus. He had claimed that the Raja donated land for the varsity.
Varsity spokesperson Rahat Abrar, meanwhile, said: “Now, AMU will not organise the programme on the campus at all.”
AMU Student’s Union, which had earlier supported the decision to organise the programme at Tikonia Ground, too has said it will not allow “the BJP or the RSS” to hold any programme inside the campus on December 1.