Jinnah a 'mahapurush', says Bahraich BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule

BJP MP Savitri Bail Bhule says'Jinnah's portrait features on the walls of Lok Sabha. He should be remembered respectfully

BJP MP Savitri Bail Bhule says'Jinnah's portrait features on the walls of Lok Sabha. He should be remembered respectfully

Basir Ahmed Khan of the group said the Jinnah portrait row was a diversionary tactic keeping in mind the forthcoming Kairana bypolls and Karnataka elections.

Amid the furore over a portrait of Pakistan's founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah hanging at Aligarh Muslim University, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Bahraich, Savitri Bai Phule, called him a mahapurush (great man) for his contribution towards India's freedom struggle. He was a great man.

Asked if Jinnah was a "mahapurush", she replied, "He was, is, and will always remain a great person".

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As per NDTV new report, Phule said that Jinnah's portrait features on the walls of Lok Sabha and should be remembered respectfully, while adding that portraits of great people should be placed at appropriate locations.

According to reports, the members of the AMU Students' Union have written three separate letters addressing PM Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the Union HRD Ministry to clear the air over the matter and take action against those who allegedly entered into the varsity's campus on May 2 and indulged in an "unprovoked attack" on students.

The portrait row started after BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote to AMU Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor raising objections to the portrait of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah at AMU's students' union office.

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"Jinnah was a great man, he fought for the nation". The tension on the university campus led to the postponement of exams to May 12.

Alluding to Karachi Chamber of Commerce's foundation stone, which still holds the name of Mahatma Gandhi, Khan opined that leaders of both the countries should be respected as they are part of history.

BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule earlier targeted her own party governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh over their party lawmaker's treatment of Dalits.

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