The protest by students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) continued on its fourth day, with agitating students demanding the arrest of Hindu Jagaran Manch (HJM) activists who allegedly forcibly entered the university, vandalised its property, and breached the security of visiting former Vice President of India Hamid Ansari.
He said if those behind this conspiracy have the courage, they should try and have Jinnah's portrait in the HC's museum removed.
Meanwhile, the president of Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union, Geeta Kumari, today asked the RSS and different saffron groups to "stop interfering in the internal affairs" of different educational institutions in the country.
Wading into the Jinnah portrait row, Union Minister VK Singh on Sunday in a post titled "Let us protect our freedom from abuse" said Muslims, who supported the presence of Pakistan founder's portrait in the Aligarh Muslim University, were insulting their forefathers, as they had rejected his ideology.
"It had come to the administration's notice that some anti-social elements could vitiate communal harmony by spreading rumours through videos, using internet services", the orders said.
Talking to ANI, Trivedi castigated sympathizers of Jinnah, who was responsible for country's partition.
The local district magistrate ordered the suspension of internet services in Aligarh from 2 PM on May 4.
"We won't leave the protest site until our demands are met". After the uproar over his portrait in the Aligarh Muslim University, now objections have been raised by another Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader to Jinnah House and Jinnah Hall in Mumbai. Tariq Mansoor visited the students, who were injured after police restored lathi charge on Wednesday.
Giving it a political angle, the opposition Congress accused the BJP of doing "dirty politics of sensationalism, divisiveness, polarisation" and said this needed to be condemned.
"I have heard a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah is hung inside the campus".