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SHOCKING: Azaadi Slogans Raised At Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Over Jinnah Portrait Controversy. Watch Here

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Azaadi slogans were raised at AMU on Friday over the Jinnah portrait controversy
  • The events bear a striking resemblance to the scenes that were witnessed at JNU in 2016
  • Protests and heavy clashes have broken out in both Aligarh and Delhi over the controversy that broke out on Tuesday

In a repeat of the condemnable events at JNU in 2016, chants of 'Azaadi' and related slogans were raised on Friday amid protests at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in UP over the Jinnah portrait controversy.

In visuals from outside AMU, which can be seen in the video above, a huge group of students can be seen clapping and chanting 'Azaadi' as a loud voice eggs them on. 

Protests were held at the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan in New Delhi, as well as at the university in Aligarh where the controversy had erupted on Tuesday over a portrait of Pakistan's 'Father of the Nation'. 

Five companies of the Rapid Action Force had been deployed outside AMU after at least 40 persons, including police personnel, were injured in clashes that broke out on Thursday. Section 144 has been imposed and mobile services have been shut down.

Right-wing student groups including the ABVP have called for the portrait to be taken down. A deadline for the portrait to be removed had also been issued while the certain groups, including the Hindu Yuva Vahini, had tried to barge into the campus.

(The portrait of Jinnah at AMU) 

On Tuesday, BJP MP Satish Gautam had written to the Vice-Chancellor of AMU demanding that the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, that had been put up in the Students' Union Office, be taken down. Some others, including a minister of the Yogi Adityanath-led government in UP had backed the portrait remaining in place calling him a "freedom fighter".

Meanwhile, BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy had said that as JNU 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.

A former president of the AMU student union had revealed on Tuesday that the portrait of Jinnah was put up in 1938 before independence when he had been given a 'lifetime membership'. Others, including Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, were also given 'lifetime membership' and had their portraits placed.

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