The Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union has accused local BJP MP Satish Gautam of attempting to “sully” the name of the institution by making baseless charges against it.
The students’ community made the remark a day after Mr. Gautam reportedly alleged that the AMU administration was being run on “Talibani ideology”.
AMUSU secretary Huzaifa Aamir told reporters that he had written a letter to the university’s visitor and President Ram Nath Kovind against Mr. Gautam for “fanning communalism and vitiating the country’s atmosphere for political gains”. Mr. Aamir said he has urged the President to take necessary steps to protect the institute from “designs of political forces”.
The BJP MP, in a letter to the AMU Vice-Chancellor, had alleged that the recent incident of putting up a poster showing a map of India sans Jammu and Kashmir proved that the varsity was breeding “anti-nationals”.
AMU spokesman Shafay Kidwai said inquiry report on the map issue was expected soon. “Strong action will be taken against anyone found guilty,” he said.
On the other hand, Mr. Shivpal’s party organised a session on “Socialism and Secularism” in Lucknow, while he himself attended a ‘dangal’ (wrestling contest) organised in Saifai as tribute to his elder brother. Mr. Yadav is a former wrestler. Saifai is the native village of the Yadavs in Etawah district.