Yogi Adityanath says If BHU can give reservations to Dalits and backwards then why not AMU and Jamia Millia Islamia?”

Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, launched a debate on the Dalit quota that should be provided by the minority run institutions such as Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia University. Taking the example of Banaras Hindu University that sticks to its reservation policy, he emphasised his point.

The Chief Minister launched this debate as an answer to the various acquisitions put by Congress on BJP government about not protecting the Dalit Community. Few months back, Dalits held a protest against the BJP led Central Government in which at least 4 people had died in UP.

“One question should be raised for all those who are saying that Dalits are being humiliated… when would they ask for reservation for our Dalit brothers in Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia?” said Yogi at a public meeting in Kannauj.

“If the BHU can give it (reservation) to Dalits and backwards then why not in Aligarh Muslim University?” he added.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh raised the issue of quota at AMU ahead of the 2017 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. According to Krishna Gopal, the RSS joint general secretary, the university is commiting a “big crime” by not providing quota.

“Admissions were given on the basis of internal and external candidates. Internal is the one who has passed Class 12 from here. And the rest, 50%, is for external candidates… Now the case is in Supreme Court,” said AMU spokesperson Shafey Kidwai. According to him, admission policy does not allow any religion based quota.

In April 2018, Thawar Chand Gehlot the Union Social Justice Minister said the government is trying its best to restore the reservation for SC and ST in Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University.