New Delhi: The BJP Youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) asked the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Tariq Mansoor, to allocate land inside the campus for constructing a temple. The written letter was sent to the university on Thursday, a day after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath targeted AMU for not reserving admission quota for SC/ST students.

The district president of the BJP Youth wing Mukesh Singh Lodhi stated that a 15-day period was given to AMU to reply to their demand. In case the demands are not met, then a ‘murti sthapana’ will be conducted with thousands of party workers, said Mukesh Singh Lodhi.

Lodhi added that the AMU students had earlier demanded the temple construction but the VC failed to take the demand into consideration. The temple construction was insisted to ensure that the campus maintains its secular character. Lodi was quoted by Times of India as saying, “If the construction of the temple is not completed in 15 days, we would do so by February 24.”

In the written letter to the VC of the varsity, Lodhi mentioned that the Hindu community students in AMU could not perform puja as the campus does not have any temple. Lodhi reinstated the significance of constructing a temple in the premises by urging the varsity heads to take into consideration the sentiments of Hindu community students and Prime Minister’s mantra of ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ (Collective efforts, inclusive growth). AMU would stand for Hindu-Muslim unity if the concerned authorities approve the proposal for constructing a temple within the campus, added Lodhi.

In December 2018, Ajay Singh, an LLM student at AMU and Dalveer Singh, the grandson of Aligarh BJP MLA had demanded that a Saraswati temple be constructed inside their university campus.