Azam Khan accuses Governor of delaying varsity

“The Congress does not want that a minority institution should be developed,” according to Khan.

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published:July 21, 2012 1:49 am

Uttar Pradesh Minorities Affairs Minister Azam Khan has accused Governor B L Joshi of delaying a Bill meant to accord minority status to his dream project Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. It is a private university in his hometown Rampur.

“The Congress does not want that a minority institution should be developed,” according to Khan.

He questioned the Raj Bhavan’s defence that a minority university cannot be established by an Act of the state Assembly,listing the names of Integral University in Lucknow,Teerthankar Mahaveer University in Moradabad and Mangalyatan University in Aligarh as examples. Khan also appealed to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to “advise” the Raj Bhavan to show consideration on the matter.

Refusing to respond to Khan’s allegation,G B Patnaik,principal secretary to the Governor,said: “At the most,I can inform you that the amendment Bill has been pending since 2007. I have no information about its legality.”

The Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Amendment Bill had been passed by the Samajwadi Party government during its last tenure. Neither previous governor T V Rajeshwar nor incumbent Joshi have given consent for reasons unknown.

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