Balakrishna Pai, president of the State unit of the Hindu Jagaran Vedike, on Sunday accused the Congress of indulging in communal politics over the issue of setting up a minority university at Srirangapatna, 15 km from Mysore.

Mr. Pai alleged that his organisation would oppose naming of any university, road, or airport in the State after Tipu Sultan.

Stating that there had not been any minorities’ university in India thus far, he said Rahman Khan, Minister for Minorities Welfare, was wrongly drawing a parallel between the proposed minorities’ university and the Aligarh Muslim University as the latter was a central university. He said that some “pseudo-secular” parties in Karnataka were supporting the setting up of such a university for the sake of votes.

The move would widen the gap between different communities in India. Universities should not be set up on the basis of religion, he said.

Reminding that India was divided on the basis of religion in 1947 once, he said the move of the Union government was sowing the seeds of Partition once again.

Mr. Pai said he did not have any objection if a regular university was set up and named after the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam or saint-poet Shishunala Sharief.

Mr. Pai said the setting up of a minorities’ university was untenable under the Constitution.

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