Aligarh: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has written to Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor for demanding the construction of a temple in AMU premises. BJYM district president Mukesh Singh Lodhi has said they have given AMU VC 15 days to reply and if their demand is not met then they will go with thousands of party workers for “murti sthapana”.
While Addressing the press conference Lodhi quoted Sir Syed Ahmad Khan who had once said that Hindus and Muslims are the two eyes of the beautiful bride that is Hindostan and added that the university established by him has a mosque but there is no temple were Hindu students can offer prayers. Lodhi further said that Hindu students are facing lots of problems due to this and added that if the VC should fulfil the dream of Sir Syed and should provide space for the construction of a temple in the varsity premises.
However, AMU spokesperson Shafey Kidwai said reacting to this demand that called it a “political matter” and added that the university hasn’t received any communique from the organization. A few days ago, student leader Ajay Singh, grandson of BJP MLA Thakur Dalveer Singh from Barauli constituency in Aligarh, had demanded the construction of a temple in university premises. Later, a “Tiranga Yatra” was organized in the campus by him without any permission from the university administration for which a show cause notice was issued to him and few students.
It is to be noted that, the rally had reportedly “disturbed” the teaching and learning atmosphere of the university.