Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Now, BJP MP Savirtri Bai Phule calls Muhammad Ali Jinnah 'mahapurush'

Now, BJP MP Savirtri Bai Phule calls Muhammad Ali Jinnah 'mahapurush'

On May 2, some activists barged into the AMU campus and demanded that the portrait be taken down.

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.

Her own party colleague and MP from Aligarh, Satish Gautam, had earlier written a letter to AMU vice-chancellor seeking explanation as to why Jinnah's portrait continues to adorn the walls of the university, triggering a massive controversy.

After the BJP leader's objection, Aligarh Muslim University came out with a clarification and said the Jinnah was awarded an honorary degree in 1938 and the administration had nothing to do with it. BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule on Thursday praised Jinnah, calling him a "mahapurush".

"He [Jinnah] was, is, and will always remain a great person", she said. "He had contributed in country's independence", Phule said.

Tension prevailed in Aligarh and students protested demanding action against right-wing men who entered the campus and wanted the Pakistan founder's portrait removed from the students' union office, where it has been hanging for decades.

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".

AMU has been tense ever since members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Hindu Yuva Vahini, while demanding removal of Jinnah's portrait, entered the campus and assaulted students who were opposing them.

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.

BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said that those who are standing for Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah also stood for terrorists like Afzal Guru.

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