A Member of Parliament of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded that a portrait of Pakistan’s Quaid-I Azam M A Jinnah, placed in the students’union hall of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) be removed. Satish Kumar Gautam, a BJP MP from Aligarh has written a letter to the Vice-Chancellor of AMU asking the university authorities to remove Jinnah’s portrait citing that the founding father of Pakistan was one of the key players in India’s partition. While the university management has taken no decision, the students union of the university has, in fact, defended the idea behind displaying Jinnah’s portrait in the students’union hall.
The controversy over the matter began after President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to the university about a month ago when a section of students protested against his visit citing that the President is an RSS supporter. The blame game that erupted also saw an AMU student supporting the argument that RSS shakhas be held on AMU campus. It may be noted that the particular portrait of Jinnah has been displayed in AMU since 1938 when he was conferred with a life membership of the students’ union. Besides Jinnah, the hall displays portraits of notable personalities from the community. “After the partition, there us no point of having Jinnah’s portrait in India,” Gautam told Times Now.