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Azam Khan blames Arjun Singh for AMU controversy
Milli Gazette Online
17 January 2006
Lucknow: Irked over the scrapping of the minority status of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Uttar Pradesh's Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan has held the Union Minister for Human Resourse and Development Arjun Singh responsible for dragging the university into the unnecessary controversy.
Firebrand Azam Khan urged the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to come forward and take up the AMU issue as it is connected with the minorities of the country.
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs went to the extent of saying that Arjun Singh had misled and advised Mrs. Indira Gandhi to impose Emergency in the country in mid-1970s. He did not stop his anger and added that he was one of the conspirators of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. Even Arjun Singh had played a vital role in the case of Shah Bano and he had given wrong advice to the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to harm the Muslims of the country.
While addressing a press conference in Lucknow on Monday, 9 January, the firebrand Samajwadi Party leader reiterated his demand for amendment to the AMU Act of 1972. He said that the Central Government should not issue any Ordinance but it should bring in a Bill in Parliament and amend the Act for the solution in order to resolve the crisis arising out of the verdict of the High Court that has quashed the minority status of the institution. He further said that the Central Government should amend the Act and should remove the flaw in the Act, if any, and restore the minority character for ever.
Azam Khan told reporters that the UPA Government led by the Congress had stabbed the Muslims in the back as it was its mentality. The Congress has made an attempt to widen the bridge between the Muslims and the Hindus and to create an atmosphere of communal disharmony in the country in order to gain political mileage, he claimed. The Minister assured that the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state of Uttar Pradesh is solidly behind the movement of the Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union for the restoration of AMU's minority character. He warned the Central Government of serious consequences if the minority status of the institution was not restored soon.
Meanwhile, the convener of the Tehrik-e-Niswan Tahira Hasan has made an impassioned appeal to the Central Government to amend the Act and restore the minority status of AMU. She told MG that a delegation of the Tehrik-e-Niswan would call on the UP state governor and submit a memorandum demanding the restoration of the minority status to the institution. She called upon Muslim leaders of various political parties to cooperate with the AMU students in their hour of crisis.