Rampur, May 5: Even as the row of the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah at Aligarh Muslim University threatens to escalate every day, the President of a Muslim body has announced a cash reward for whoever tears up Jinnah posters. President of All India Muslim Mahasangh, Farhat Ali Khan has said that he would give away Rs 1 lakh in cash.
Speaking to ANI, Khan said that Pakistan has not put up any photos of Mahatma Gandhi who played the most significant role in the freedom struggle of the country, so there was no valid reason for us to put up photos of Jinnah. He said that in the neighbouring country, all the Muslims who chose to move post-Partition were considered muhajirs. He said Pakistan hated India and India’s Muslims and the Muslims here felt the same way for the neighbouring nation. So there was no reason for photos of leaders like Jinnah anywhere in the country.
He went on to request every Indian to locate and burn down any photos or posters of Jinnah that they come across anywhere in the country. To those who do so, he said his organisation would hand out Rs 1 lakh in reward.
The row of Jinnah’s photo at AMU’s student union hall has snowballed ever since BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote to the varsity officials asking for its removal. Soon after, members of the Hindu Jagran Manch gatecrashed the university, demanding an immediate removal of the photo. AMU students came out in large numbers in protest and ended up clashing with the police.
While politicians have voiced different views on the issue, as of now, Section 144 has been imposed in Aligarh. Internet services have also been suspended till 12 am of May 6.