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Delhi’s Jamia varsity invites Modi as chief guest, PMO yet to reply

The invitation assumes significance as Modi, who has not visited the university so far, had attacked Jamia in 2008 after the Batla House encounter in September that year.

education Updated: Nov 27, 2015 16:47 IST
Jamia Millia Islamia has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the chief guest at its annual convocation this year.
Jamia Millia Islamia has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the chief guest at its annual convocation this year. (PTI file photo)

Jamia Millia Islamia has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the chief guest at its annual convocation this year. The varsity has, however, not received any confirmation from the Prime Minister’s Office regarding their invite yet.

The invitation assumes significance as Modi, who has not visited the university so far, had attacked Jamia in 2008 after the Batla House encounter in September that year.

“We are looking forward to hosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at our university. We had extended an invitation to him earlier this month to be the chief guest at our annual convocation. We have not received any communication from the PMO so far,” the university spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan said.

Addressing a gathering in Gujarat, Narendra Modi in 2008 had said, “There is a university in Delhi called Jamia Millia Islamia. It has publicly announced that it will foot the legal fee of terrorists involved in act. Go drown yourself. This Jamia Millia is being run on government money and it is daring to spend money on lawyers to get terrorists out of jail. When will this vote bank politics end?”

Modi’s comments had come following a statement by the then Jamia vice chancellor Mushirul Hasan that the university would offer legal aid to two of its students arrested for their suspected involvement in terror activities.