Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARPRADESH -

BAREILLY: Se­nior Sa­ma­jwadi Party leader Azam Khan has an­nounced to in­stall a tank at Mo­ham­mad Ali Jauhar Univer­sity in Ram­pur. Khan is the chair­man of the univer­sity. The move comes af­ter Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity (JNU) VC sug­gested that in­stalling a war ma­chine on var­sity cam­pus in­stills a sense of pa­tri­o­tism in stu­dents. “We are very thank­ful to In­dian Army for ac­knowl­edg­ing our re­quest for the tank. We will make sure that the tank is in­stalled in the univer­sity where stu­dents and vis­i­tors could see,” Azam told re­porters on Wed­nes­day. Khan also used the mo­ment to iron out po­lit­i­cal con­tro­versy re­gard­ing to him and the army. In 2015, he was crit­i­cized for his state­ment which claimed that “Mus­lim sol­diers won Kargil war.” This year too, the for­mer min­is­ter came un­der fire when in a state­ment he linked sol­diers to sex­ual crime against adi­va­sis. “This present (tank) from our Army is an­swer to all those who claim that Azam Khan is against the Army.” Khan said. “The univer­sity will make a fresh re­quest of guns and other weapons to the Army in or­der to make an arms mu­seum,” he added.


Azam Khan in­spect­ing the tank in Ram­pur.

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