November 28, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Aligarh, UP, India: Zameer Uddin Shah, Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has written to India’s minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani, warning of “massive student unrest” and a “probability of communal conflagration” if “certain elements” go ahead with their plan to commemorate the birthday of Raja Mahendra Pratap on the varsity campus on December 1.
India’s ruling party Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has reportedly planned to celebrate Raja Mahendra Partap’s birth anniversary on the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus.
BJP’s plan has been opposed by the state’s ruling party ‘Samajwadi Party’ (SP). AMU, meanwhile, has decided not to allow any such programme. University spokesperson Rahat Abrar was quoted as saying by an English daily that AMU will not organise the programme on the campus at all.
The AMU Student’s Union (AMUSU) has also now back-tracked on its support to the event planned at Tikonia Ground, saying the BJP or the RSS will not be allowed to organise any function inside the campus.
In his letter to the minister, V-C Zameer Uddin Shah said the “political gamesmanship” could lead to “serious trouble”. The V-C, however, did not name any party in his letter.
“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,” the V-C said in the letter.
Zameer Uddin Shah had earlier also met leaders of BJP and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) to discuss the matter.
Uttar Pradesh BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai had announced plans for celebrating the birthday of the Raja Mahendra Pratap, who had donated land for the university, on the AMU campus. This kicked up a political row, with the SP vowing to oppose it.
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