New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Centre has taken a U-turn and sought to withdraw the minority tag for the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). The current NDA government has withdrawn its plea over minority status for AMU, the petition for which was filed by the UPA government in the Supreme Court.

The letters allowing AMU to reserve 50% seats for Muslims has also been withdrawn. This decision by the central government is seen as a big face-off before the polls due in Uttar Pradesh in 2017. The current status with this move by the Centre has opened the gates of AMU for all.

The decision by the government has been welcomed by many but it has struck a huge debate as far as the minority community is concerned. The government stand on the entire matter is that no quota will be provided on the religious grounds as other institutions can also come up with the same demands.