AMU row: Yogi Adityanath says 'No question of glorifying Jinnah'
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath waded into the ongoing Mohammed Ali Jinnah's portrait row in Aligarh Muslim University and said there was no question of glorifying the first Pakistani Prime Minister. Before leaving for a campaign in poll-bound Karnataka, Adityanath apparently hinted he would not support those glorifying Jinnah. However, the CM said violence wasn't the solution and miscreants will be brought to justice.
"How can we glorify a person who was responsible for the partition of the country? There is no question of anyone being allowed to glorify Mohammed Ali Jinnah or celebrate any event related to him in any part of the country," said Adityanath. The CM added he is awaiting a report and will take action against those who incited violence.
"He (Mohammed Ali Jinnah) was trying to become the Prime Minister of Independent India and when he failed in his endeavor then he sought division of the country and created Pakistan to fulfill his dream," quipped Adityanath.
BJP MP from Aligarh Satish Gautam wrote to AMU Vice-Chancellor expressing concerns over the portrait. He was told Jinnah was one of varsity's founder. On Wednesday, students of AMU almost came to blows with groups Hindu Yuva Vahini and ABVP. The Hindu groups demanded the removal of the portrait. AMU students accused police of inaction, but the latter said stones were pelted at them.
Jinnah was neither a student nor a teacher of Alig Its a shame that his portrait is there The administration n students should voluntarily remove it from there n those who were protesting against this portrait should now protest against the temples made to honour Godse.— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) May 3, 2018