Jinnah portrait row: AMU, Jamia students protest in Delhi
As Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students on Friday decided to boycott classes for five days to protest police action against them, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Friday said that the President Ram Nath Kovind will decide on AMU row.
Meanwhile, Internet services have been suspended from 2 PM to midnight in view of inflammatory messages related to the Jinnah controversy being widely shared on the social media.
The university is in the centre of a controversy over a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah that has been on a wall in the students union's office for decades.
Also, wading into a controversy, Gorakhpur MP Praveen Nishad on Friday said that the Mohammad Ali Jinnah played a role in India's freedom struggle just like Mahatma Gandhi or Jawaharlal Nehru.
It first stirred the controversy after Aligarh BJP MP Satish Gautam asked AMU vice-chancellor Tariq Mansoor to explain the reason for Jinnah's portrait being hung on the university campus. On Thursday, chief minister Yogi Adityanath also called for the removal of Jinnah's portrait.