BJP MP Satish Gautam seeks reason behind Jinnah's portrait in AMU campus

Aligarh: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Satish Gautam on Tuesday questioned the Aligarh Muslim University’s Vice-Chancellor, Tariq Mansoor, that how is it logical to hang Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait in varsity campus when he was the main force behind the partition of India. In a letter to Mansoor, Gautam sought his explanation that why a portrait of Jinnah hung in the Students’ Union Office.

“I have heard a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah is hung inside the campus. Kindly gather more details on this and give reasons behind it,” Gautam wrote in the letter.

The letter further read, “The whole world knows that Jinnah was the main force behind the partition of India. In this case, how logical is it to hang his portrait in the University?”

Shafey Kidwai, PRO Aligarh, however, clarified that the administration had nothing to do with the portrait.

“In 1938, Muhammad Ali Jinnah came to Aligarh University and he was given an honorary degree like many others by the union. The administration had nothing to do with it,” Kidwai told.

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