AMU displays a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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The development came ahead of an event today at the AMU wherein the university's students union will bestow lifetime membership of the body on former vice president Mohd Hamid Ansari, who has also been the vice chancellor of AMU in the past.

Reacting to the demand, Students Union has said Jinnah and many other pre-Partition leaders were conferred honorary membership of the university and their portraits have been installed in the campus since 1920.

"It is a tradition since 1920 to honour people of eminence with life membership".

The RSS has always favoured "akhand bharat" or united India and has held Jinnah responsible for the partition of India.

Gautam had written to the AMU vice-chancellor, asking as to in which department such a portrait had been placed "when it is well known that Jinnah was the man behind India's partition".

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Current AMUSU president Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani said, "Jinnah was a hero of undivided India".

"The AMU was not under any sort of pressure from any government agency", he added. "We would have given a befitting reply to him", he said, adding that this too exhibited the divisive mindset of the BJP leaders.

"What was the compulsion that Jinnah's poster was put up on the university campus recently?" "It is the sole discretion of the university administration as to whose portrait should be displayed and what should be taught to students".

Calling Jinnah a "mahapurush" who contributed for India before Pakistan was formed, Maurya told reporters, "Jin bhi mahapurushon ka yogdaan is rashtra ke nirmaan mein raha hai yadi un par koi ungli uthaata hai to bahut ghatiya baat hai. The university should take an appropriate decision regarding this", he said. "To begin with, it should rename Jinnah House in Mumbai, from where it is earning money". "Yes it has an internal curriculum... but when it comes to national interest, better comply with it", he said.

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