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Protests in Aligarh on Wednesday

Protests in Aligarh on Wednesday

Jinnah has again hit headlines as some groups have protested against the portrait of Pakistan's founder at the office of Aligarh Muslim University student union's office.

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All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Zafaryab Jilani supported pasting of Jinnah's portrait in AMU and said Jinnah was one of the founder of University and his portrait there can not be ignored. A picture of the man responsible for India's division can not be accepted in a public-funded institution, BJP has said. "If you are a non-Muslim, and yet you have jumped into their support because you think that the removal of Jinnah's portrait somehow infringes your freedom then you must introspect whether you would like to have the portrait of a man whose hands are stained with the blood of your own people", said Singh.

"Without a doubt, freedom is everybody's right". The Vice Chancellor also visited the area where students were protesting and assured them of his "solidarity".

Singh suggested they have to choose between wisdom and prudence, or narrow-mindedness and extremism.

The wrestler tweeted, "How embarrassing to fight for people like Jinnah".

According to Times of India, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister called Quaid-e-Azam a "mahapurush" (great leader), saying he contributed to India before the formation of Pakistan. The city witnessed a clash on Thursday between students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and the police over.

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The indefinite dharna and boycott of academic activities by students, however, continued for the third day today. The protesting students have been joined by representatives from a number of other prominent institutions from across northern India.

The authority reportedly lobbed teargas shells to disperse students who were demanding the arrest of the right-wing Hindu protesters who had earlier barged into the premises shouting anti-Jinnah slogans.

Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Aligarh MP Satish Gautam was the first to question the portrait's presence in the office, which has been there for decades.

The comment comes after UP CM Adityanath on the matter of Jinnha portrait said that state can't intervene in matters of Central university.

He said that BJP is doing politics in the name of Jinnah.

The University said portraits of all life members of the student union hang there. Jinnah, the founder member of the University Court, had also been given this honour before Partition.

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