Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Friday called Muhammad Ali Jinnah as an 'enemy of the nation'. "Jinnah was an enemy of the nation. No one in the nation has ever had or ever will have a place for an enemy in their hearts," said Maurya.
The minister's comment comes days after BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya lauded Jinnah saying that the contribution of the Pakistan's founder before partition cannot be ignored.
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However, responding to Swami Prasad's remark, Maurya said, "That is an internal party matter, we will deal with it later."
The controversy surrounding Jinnah's poster triggered this week after BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote a letter to Aligarh Muslim University's vice-chancellor Tariq Mansoor, seeking an explanation for a portrait of Pakistan's founder hung in the students' union office.