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Haryana FM's Solution To AMU Controversy, Rename University After Raja Mahendra Pratap

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| May 14 , 2018 , 12:03 IST

In a bizarre solution to the controversy surrounding the Aligarh Muslim University over a portrait of 'Father of Pakistan' Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu on Sunday said the varsity should be renamed after Raja Mahendra Pratap.

Earlier this month, a portrait of Pakistan's founder Jinnah was spotted at the AMU student union's office, and was questioned by BJP Aligarh MP Satish Gautam and other groups, resulting in controversy over whether Jinnah's portrait should be in an esteemed university or not.

"The picture of the one who broke the nation into pieces hangs inside Aligarh Muslim University's campus, but there is no picture of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh. I demand that the AMU must be renamed as Raja Mahendra Pratap Vishwavidyalaya," Captain Abhimanyu said on Sunday, addressing a gathering.

While some defended the presence of the portrait of Jinnah saying that the portrait has been up since 1938 and that Jinnah played an important role in the Independence, others slammed Jinnah's role in the Partition of India and Pakistan.

AMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor termed the Jinnah portrait controversy as a 'non-issue' and reasoned that Jinnah's portrait is present in other areas as well such as the Bombay High Court and the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat.

"Jinnah's portrait has been here since 1938. Jinnah's portrait is at many places including Bombay HC and Sabarmati Ashram and Nehru Museum too. No one was worried about the portraits until now; I think it is a non-issue," Mansoor said.