The founder of Aligarh Muslim University, Syed Muhammed Khan, might be upset in the grave as the local BJP unit is all set to mark the birth anniversary of Jat leader and freedom fighter Raja Mahendra Pratap within the University campus on December 1.
While the BJP is ready for the leader’s birth anniversary celebration, the authorities are upset as there are protests from various student unions within the campus as well as from the Samajwadi Party. The “probability of communal conflagration” seems to be high as per the authorities.
On Friday, AMU Vice Chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah has written to Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, mentioning that the event oraganised by the local BJP members in the campus have “potential of leading to massive student unrest on the AMU campus.”
Shah said in the letter that if the “political gamesmanship” is allowed to play in the college, it will have the potential to lead it to “serious trouble.” He said “In view of the threat of disturbance from these people, claiming to be affiliated to various political parties or outfits, another political outfit opposing them joined the fray and announced that they would not allow the rally to be held. This political gamesmanship, if allowed to proceed, has potential for serious trouble.”
Meanwhile, Shah alleged that though the party was asked to organise the event in a land donated by the freedom fighter near the campus, the party refused it, insisting on a venue within the campus.
He has also mentioned in the letter that majority the students in the campus “are annoyed with this intransigence.” Expressing his disinterest in the campus getting involved in politics, Shah has written, “AMU does not want to get involved in politics and the University needs your earnest support urgently as there is a serious threat to law and order.”
However, the BJP parliamentarian from Aligarh, Satish Gautam, reportedly said, “On the 1st, we will celebrate his (Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh’s) birthday. If the Vice Chancellor wants to celebrate in AMU, I welcome it. If that’s not the case, then the BJP has decided that we will celebrate the birthday within AMU… No doubt about it.”
On the contrary, as per a report, University spokesperson Rahat Abrar said, “AMU will not organise the programme on the campus at all.”
AMU was stirred up in a controversy weeks ago when VC Shah denied the demand of Women’s College students for accessing the university’s central library claiming that girls coming to the library will bring “four times more boys” to come to library.