Imminent Law & Order Collapse: BJP Youth Wing Demands Construction of Temple in AMU Campus; Threatens to Create Ruckus if Demand Not Fulfilled
AMU students’ union vice-president said those demanding temples inside campus are doing so because of upcoming elections.
The Youth Wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly demanded the construction of a temple in the premises of the Aligarh Muslim University. The members of the saffron party are threatening to take action with the support of “thousands of workers” if the administration doesn’t pay heed to their demands.
According to reports, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) members have written a letter to AMU Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor demanding the construction of a temple in the university because thousands of Hindu students at AMU allegedly face problems in offering prayers for there are no temples on the university’s campus.
BJP Youth Wing District president Mukesh Singh Lodhi wrote, “Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University, had stated that both Hindu and Muslims are the two eyes of AMU and this should be the driving force for the vice-chancellor of the university to allow the construction of a temple on AMU campus.”
“We are giving AMU VC 15 days to reply, or we’ll go with thousand of our workers for ‘murti sthapana‘,” Lodhi added.
BJP Youth wing writes to Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor demanding construction of a temple in AMU premises; BJP Youth Wing District President Mukesh Singh Lodhi says, "we're giving AMU VC 15 days to reply, or we'll go with thousand of our workers for 'murti sthapana'" pic.twitter.com/JFtnaoFy48
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AMU students’ union vice-president Hamza Sufyan, speaking to the Hindustan Times, said those demanding temples inside the campus are doing so only because of the upcoming elections. “Such false issues of mandir-masjid are only raised before the elections. It doesn’t have anything to do with reality. The university is there for a long time and it took them 100 years to raise this non-existing issue. This is a clear stunt to gain attention before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. I am requesting everyone to avoid hearing such statements. Let them talk, our silence will become a rather louder answer,” he said.
Last year on May 2, the AMU Student’s Union and its office bearers had planned an event to confer an Honorary Life Membership on former vice-president Hamid Ansari. However, the function was called off after violence broke out when Right-wing activists from Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) barged into the university campus. They sought removal of the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah from the students’ union office. The clash in the premises left at least 28 students injured.