Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday lashed out at the administration of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for issuing notices to students for holding a rally inside the premises.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV after two students were given notices by the administration, Swamy stated that the government of India should intervene in this matter at the earliest and act against those who took action against the students.
"I think its about time that the Government of India, which is funding the Aligarh Muslim University, do something drastic about the way it is being administered. These students, who had brought out the Tiranga yatra, had applied for permission, and there was no reply, and that is no excuse. If carrying a national flag or a procession for which they applied for permission, but the permission not replied, then the students have every right to take it as a deemed permission. And now you (administration) send them show cause notice, it is absurd......The HRD ministry must intervene on this matter so that the basic fundamental rights are provided. You can put reasonable restrictions but you can't do like this...you can't deny procession or carrying a flag," he said.
On Tuesday, a Tiranga rally was held by students of AMU in which they were singing Vande Mataram. But shockingly, a day later, the university issued two of the students show cause notices for their actions.
Ajay Singh, one of the two students to have recieved notice, stated that they had sought permission for the event, but go no response in return from the administration.
"This is not the first time the rally happened. They had denied yesterday for conducting the rally. Why haven''t they given us the permission to conduct the Tiranga Yatra. Why are they opposing Tiranga Yatra. It is our country. We will do the Tiranga Yatra here only. Do we have to go to Pakistan?" he added.
The Procter of the AMU, Mohsin Khan, pinned the blame on the students by mentioning that the university does not allow permission for any such proceedings during class hours.
"During the time of the classes, we can't give permission to take out any sort of procession and it is a decision of the administration. Hence we denied the permission. Ajay Singh applied for a permission but we refused. We took action against everyone till date who put out any sort of procession without university approval," he said.