AMU centre: IUML to stage dharna

Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is on a warpath, demanding allocation of land needed for the off-campus centre of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Malappuram.

IUML MLAs from the district will stage a dharna in front of the District Collectorate here on Wednesday in protest against “the State government’s move to scuttle the project.”

In a statement here on Saturday, IUML district secretary P.K. Abdu Rabb said that the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development had chosen Malappuram as one of the five centres to set up the distant campuses of AMU.

He said the IUML had never tried to politicise the issue and reap dividends of it.

Mr. Rabb said that the IUML was forced to launch an agitation because of the tactics employed by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government fearing that the proposed centre allotted by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in Malappuram would benefit the IUML politically.

He said the IUML would not allow the LDF to scuttle the project.

He called upon the people to resist the move since the project would make Malappuram a prominent centre of higher education in South India.