Jinnah portrait row: AMU students urge President Ram Nath Kovind to intervene

Mohammad Ali Jinnah

A general body meeting of the students' union was held on Friday, said AMUSU president Mashkoor Usmani.

Similar memorandums condemning the police lathicharge have been sent from alumni associations in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Australia, USA, South Korea and New Zealand, he said.

A few days back, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Swami Prasad Maurya slammed party MP from Aligarh Satish Gautam for questioning AMU for displaying a Jinnah portrait in the institute.

AMU spokesman Shafey Kidwai had defended the portrait, saying that Jinnah was a founder member of the University Court and granted life membership of the student union.

The Vice Chancellor has said that the portrait of the Pakistan founder had been hanging in the AMU students' union office since 1938 and it was a non-issue.

According to media reports, the state president of the Vishwa Hindu Personal Board, Dharmendra Singh Pawar, on May 11 said in Gajraula town that he would offer Rs 1 lakh to anyone who would remove Jinnah's portrait.

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Khan, who is also the ex-president of AMU student union, said they are of the opinion that leaders of both the countries - be it Mahatma Gandhi or Mohammad Ali Jinnah - should be respected.

It seems the controversy over a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah refuses to die down.

Speaking on the issue in Nalanda, Ramdev recently said, "Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, can not be an ideal for India's integrity and unity".

In the meeting, it was decided that a relay hunger strike would begin this evening if authorities do not agree to take action against members of right-wing organizations who barged into the campus and were involved in acts of violence, Usmani said.

He too called Jinnah a "mahapurush".

He also said that Pakistan came into being by virtue of a pact between three parties, and that now the whole thing was being blamed upon Jinnah alone.

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