Feeding to the growing frenzy among student groups to flaunt their “political connections”, leaders of various political parties are turning up at even small functions at Aligarh Muslim University. Some of such leaders have a “tainted past” and their presence has led to violent clashes on the campus.
While invitation requests to leading politicians such as PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav, Health Minister Ahmed Hasan, Samajwadi Party’s minority cell’s state president Fida Hussain and others are currently pending for a function, for another — a seminar organised by AMUSU — confirmation has been received from former MP Mani Shanker Aiyer, JD(U) MP K C Tyagi and former MP Mohammad Adeeb with talks on with several other present and former MPs.
Already, since the beginning of this month, several leaders have graced AMU with their presence at various functions. While Congress’ Jaunpur MLA Nadeem Javed attended the function of Mohammad Habib Hall, controversial Congress leader and former MLA Imran Masood was the chief guest at the Mohsinul Mulk Hall’s event. Even Additional Advocate General of UP and executive board member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Zafaryab Jilani came as the chief guest at the function for Sir Syed Hall (South), as will Tourism Minister Om Prakash Singh when he attends the May 17 function at Sir Syed Hall (North).
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This surge in leaders turning up as invitees has run into its fair share of trouble.
Recently, at a function to felicitate Ashraf Ahmed, main accused in the BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case and brother of former MP and mafia don Atiq Ahmed, AMUSU vice-president Masoodul Hasan locked horns with the student union’s secretary, Shahzeb Ahmed, who was opposed to the invite sent to Ashraf. The two groups clashed, fired at each other with Shahzeb even locking the Union Hall.
The two groups once again clashed during the function held at Sir Ziauddin Hall where among the attendees was UP Pollution Control Board’s chairman and SP leader Javed Abedi. AMUSU had to felicitate Abedi at the Union Hall.
The AMU’s Student Union is against inviting “tainted” leaders. “We condemn such incidents and feel that inviting any tainted leader to AMU should not be allowed. We did not allow BJP MP Kunwar Bhartendu Singh to the campus and should follow same yardstick for others,” Abdullah Azzam, AMUSU president, said.
After a second thought, Azzam says political leaders shouldn’t be invited to the University at all.
“We do not appreciate inviting politician for Hall functions. Earlier, only academician and alumni used to be invited. There is no direct advantage to the University by inviting these leaders,” he said.