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Mani Shankar Aiyar In Pakistan Backs Jinnah Portrait In AMU, Gets Slammed By Amit Shah

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| May 6 , 2018 , 08:58 IST

Suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is currently on a trip to Pakistan, sparked a controversy on Saturday when he defended the decision of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to keep the portrait of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam.

Aiyar's defence was quickly slammed by BJP national president Amit Shah for involving Pakistan in the domestic politics of India.

"As far as the portrait of the Quaid E Azam is concerned, in my view that fact that it hangs in the AMU stresses those who promoted the Pakistan movement were part of India and were very proud with their connection with India," Republic TV quoted Mani Shankar Aiyar as saying.

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"So I see the portrait as what the Quaid E Azam strove for, which means Hindu-Muslim unity and a unified India. Until for his reasons, when his views changed around 1937 elections. In any case if Zia-Ul-Haq was connected to St Sthephens College and Zul Fiqar Ali Bhutto to I think Cathedral School in Mumbai why should we deny it?" Aiyar said.

"So I believe historical truth demands if there is a portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah who I understand was the president of or the founding president of the AMU Council and therefore had a great deal to do with the AMU and we have had it for over 70 years . I don't think we should be taking our revenge on history. There is absolutely no problem over the portrait. A local MLA is provoking this. I disapprove almost everything the BJP does. Not surprising, I certainly disapprove this," he said.

BJP chief Amit Shah took to Twitter to slam Aiyar's comments.

"Congress and Pakistan have amazing telepathy. Yesterday Pakistan Government remembered Tipu Sultan, whose Jayanti Congress marks with fanfare and today Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar admires Jinnah. Be it Gujarat or Karnataka polls, I fail to understand why Congress involves Pakistan!" Shah tweeted.

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"During Gujarat elections we saw how dinner meetings with topmost Pakistan officials were held to defeat BJP and now mutual love for Tipu Sultan and Jinnah. I appeal to Congress not to involve foreign nations in our domestic politics. Let’s keep the discourse civil and positive," he added.

Protests took place earlier this week at the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan in New Delhi as well as at the Aligarh Muslim University over a portrait of Jinnah, Pakistan's 'Father of the Nation' placed in the university. As the protests turned violent, 5 companies of the Rapid Action Force were deployed and mobile internet services were temporarily shut down.

While BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote to the Vice-Chancellor of AMU demanding that the portrait of Jinnah be taken down, other leaders said that the portrait should remain, calling Jinnah a "freedom fighter".

Meanwhile, Dr. Subramanian Swamy said that since AMU is a centrally funded university, there is no place for the portrait of a man who "played such a divisive role in the partition of India and ensuing violence".

According to a former president of the AMU student union, Jinnah's portrait had been put up in 1938, before independence.  

Pranab

MANI SHANKER AIYER A HINU BY BIRTH, CAN TRY TO PATCH THINGS UP WITH INDO-PAK BUT CANNOT DEROGATE INDIA AND ITS CITIZENS. IF HE CONTINUES THEN THE REPERCUSSIONS WILL BE !!!!