The Aligarh Muslim University Teachers’ Association (AMUTA) has decided to boycott the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s visit to the campus scheduled on Monday.
The teachers are protesting the SP government’s failure in the Muzaffarnagar communal violence. They are also upset over the party ‘s opposition to the Communal Violence Bill in Parliament.
Mulayam is coming to attend a seminar on the campus that will raise the issue of granting minority status to AMU. The seminar is being organised by the Sir Syed Movement Forum of Aligarh.
The decision to boycott Mulayam’s visit was taken at an emergent meeting of the executive committee of AMUTA, Hours after the teachers made the announcement Saturday, a group of students took out a march on the campus opposing Mulayam’s visit.
AMUTA secretary Aftab Alam said the SP government failed to tackle the communal violence and “also abdicated its responsibility for relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of the violence and due to extreme cold around hundreds of children lost their lives”.
“Shockingly, Mulayam also opposed the Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill,” Alam claimed.
Alam said hosting Mulayam on the AMU campus will hurt the sentiments of riot victims in particular and Muslims in general.
The AMUTA has also condemned providing Kennedy Hall by the AMU administration for the seminar and demanded the Vice-Chancellor to immediately cancel the permission.
“We will stage protest at the AMU entrance dates,” Allam said.
“We will forcibly close all the four main gates of the campus on Monday and if administration will create any hurdle, we will throw shoes on Mulayam’s cavalcade and wave black flags,” said AMU student union president Syed Umar Ahmad Qadri, who is also state secretary of the UP Congress Committee,
Undeterred, the event organisers have announced to hold a welcome march on the campus on Sunday in support of Mulayam’s visit.