Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's visit to Aligarh Muslim University to address a seminar was cancelled today after widespread protests on the campus, though no reason was given for the decision.
There were protests on the campus by a section of teachers in the past two days after it was announced that Mr Yadav had been invited to address the seminar organised by Sir Syed Movement, a social organisation. He was to address the seminar tomorrow.
No official reason was given for the cancellation of the visit by the district administration.
AMU Teachers Association secretary Aftab Alam welcomed the decision and said the university community was anguished at the way the Uttar Pradesh government had handled last year's riots in Muzaffarnagar.
"We are also upset by Yadav's opposition to the Communal Violence Prevention Bill. We had always looked upon the SP as a champion of secularism and were taken aback by the recent events," Mr Alam said.