AMU warns Unrest over Celebration of Raja Mahendra Pratap Day

Lucknow, Nov 28: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has warned of a massive student unrest and possible communal conflict if BJP will go ahead with its plan to celebrate Raja Mahendra Pratap's birth anniversary at its campus on December 1.

In a letter to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah of AMU said that the political gamesmanship being played has potential for serious trouble, without naming the BJP, which has called for celebrations of Raja Mahendra Pratap Day at the university premises on December 1 to pay tribute to the Jat King, or ruling SP, which opposed it.

"In view of the threat of disturbance from these people, claiming to be affiliated to various political parties/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, Shah wrote.

The university authorities expressed their reaction after UP BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpayee announced that the party will celebrate the birth anniversary of the Jat King at the university premises. He claimed that the king had donated land for the university.

However, varsity spokesperson Rahat Abrar said that the AMU will not organise the programme at its campus.

AMU Student Union, which had earlier supported the decision to organise the programme at Tikonia Ground, also opposed it saying they will not allow the BJP or RSS to hold any function inside the campus on December 1.

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