Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University is on the boil again. Following showcause notice to student leaders for holding a Tiranga Yatra on the campus without requisite permissions, a state minister has threatened to get the Vice-Chancellor sacked.
Minister of State, Labour, Raghuraj Singh has threatened AMU Vice-Chancellor that he would get the latter sacked if any action was taken against the student leaders who took out the yatra. Talking to media persons in Aligarh, Singh said January 26 is a festival for all Indians and anyone should be able to take out a Tiranga Yatra. He said, “This university is being run with public money, not from the V-C’s personal account or Pakistan’s donations.”
He asked that if a Tiranga Yatra wasn’t taken out in “Hindustan”, will it be taken out in Pakistan or Bangladesh?
Last week, the varsity had served a show-cause notice to a student leader Ajay Singh. The university said it followed procedure and believed that the motorcycle procession was meant to polarise students on the campus.
But the leader from the BJP’s student wing alleged bias and said he would complain to the Human Resource Development Ministry.
The notice sent by AMU proctor Mohsin Khan said the procession was held during working hours after compelling students to leave their classes. It added that a large number of outsiders, including anti-social elements participated in it.
The proctor said the AMU has made it mandatory to seek official permission for any procession as a precautionary step to maintain peace on the campus. But Ajay Singh’s motorcycle procession was politically motivated and a ploy to polarise the student community under the garb of a so-called Tiranga Yatra, he said.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Morcha (ABVP) leader, however, alleged that the AMU authorities had no objections when students raised slogans against the killing of a Kashmiri terrorist or protested against reservation for the economically weaker sections in government jobs and educational institutes.
“But they have a problem when we take out a Tiranga rally with slogans like Bharat Mata ki Jai, Singh charged.