Kanpur: Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Friday escalated the on-going controversy on Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) saying he was an enemy of the nation. “Jinnah was an enemy of the nation. No one in the nation has ever had or ever will have a place for an enemy in their hearts,” said Maurya.
Earlier this week Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Satish Gautam wrote a letter to AMU Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor seeking an explanation for the portrait of Pakistan founder hung in the Students’ Union Office.
While BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya’s lauded Jinnah saying that the contribution of Pakistan’s founder before partition cannot be ignored.
Responding to Swami Prasad’s remark, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “That is an internal party matter, we will deal with it later.”
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also reacted to this controversy saying that the person who was behind the partition of India cannot be accorded respect here.
The Chief Minister also sought a detailed report from the Aligarh Muslim University management and assured that he will look into the matter.