This has become a tendency of some our politicians that they constantly give controversial statements. Another one is coming from Haryana Finance Minister Abhimanyu. He said that the University should be renamed after Raja Mahendra Pratap, also known as ‘Jat King.’
He said,”The picture of the one who broke the nation into pieces hangs inside Aligarh Muslim University’s campus, but there is no picture of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh. I demand that the AMU must be renamed as Raja Mahendra Pratap Vishwavidyalaya.” Earlier this month, a number of groups protested against the portrait of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah being hung at the AMU student union’s office.
The matter grabbed headlines first after BJP Aligarh MP Satish Gautam questioned the portrait’s presence in the office. Soon after, AMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor dubbed the Jinnah portrait controversy as a ‘non-issue’ and underscored that latter’s portrait is also present at the Bombay High Court and the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. Talking to a news agency, AMU VC Tariq Mansoor clearly said that Jinnah’s portrait was never a issue. He said,”Jinnah’s portrait has been here since 1938. Jinnah’s portrait is at many places including Bombay HC and Sabarmati Ashram and Nehru Museum too. No one was worried about the portraits until now.. I think it is a non-issue.”