Raise AMU issue in Parliament, Muslim leaders tell Sonia

Published - February 09, 2016 11:16 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

Minority community leaders in the Congress are mounting pressure on the party high command to take up the issue of Aligarh Muslim University in the upcoming Parliament session.

A delegation led by the chairman of minority department at the AICC, Khursheed Ahmed Saiyed, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and insisted that the party should put up stiff resistance in Parliament against the government’s “attempts to scrap the minority status” of Aligarh Muslim University.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mr.Saiyed said that his role in the meeting was nothing more than a “moderator.” “I had to carry the message of my people forward, so I did that,” he said.

But a senior Congress leader privy to the meeting said that Mr.Saiyed reminded Ms.Gandhi that Muslims had always supported the Congress in both “good and bad times.”

Though Ms.Gandhi did not promise to raise the matter in Parliament, she said she was well aware of it. “She assured that pressure will be put on the Central government,” said the leader.

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