Speaking during a briefing organised by Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) here, the outfits asked why political parties, otherwise vocal on issues of minorities, were silent at a time when the tag of the two prestigious institutions was "being played with".
    
"This looks like an attempt to polarise votes ahead of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. This move was aimed at creating division.
    
"There also seems to be an attempt being made to make this a Dalit versus Muslim issue and that too at a time when there are reports of suicide by a Dalit student (in Hyderabad University)," said Saleem Engineer, general secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami-Hind.

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