Rewari: Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu on Sunday demanded Aligarh Muslim University to be renamed after Raja Mahendra Pratap, also known as ‘Jat King.’
While addressing a public gathering here, the BJP leader said that “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.”
The controversy related to the portrait of Mohammed Ali Jinnah started to begun in AMU after a number of groups protested against the portrait of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah being hung at the AMU student union’s office.
BJP Aligarh MP Satish Gautam also questioned the portrait’s presence in the office.
AMU vice-chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor dubbed this controversy as a ‘non-issue’. “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,” Tariq Mansoor told the Media.