Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Sunday said that JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested for allegedly raising anti-national slogans at a meeting in JNU campus, was an “aberration” and not a hero, while asserting that the Left parties were taking refuge in universities, media and NGOs.
“Kanhaiya is an aberration and not a hero,” the Union MoS for Skill Development and Parliamentary Affairs said when asked whether Kanhaiya had become a hero with the Left parties planning to make him campaign for their candidates in the Assembly polls in Bengal beginning April 4.
“The Left philosophy is disintegrating across the globe… There is no place for the Left parties in the political scene. They are maintaining their existence in the media, universities and NGOs. To keep their relevance, they are trying out every strategy, desperately,” Rudy added while speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the BJP’s intellectual cell.
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He said that no right-thinking person who believed in nationalism would tolerate the acts and speeches of the JNUSU leader. “These anti-national slogans and comments might make them popular among a few people, but the people of Bengal and the country are watching them… they would reply in a fitting manner… The question of tolerance should not be mixed up with anti-national acts, there cannot be any compromise when actions are seditious,” added Rudy.
Asked if the Centre was mulling any change in laws pertaining to sedition, he said: “There are already enough laws in the country and the final interpretation of these are with the judiciary.”
Earlier, while addressing party workers, Rudy said BJP leaders should work unitedly for a better result in Bengal polls. “If BJP did not come to power, it should at least be a decisive force who will decide who would form the government in Kolkata after the Assembly polls,” he said. Later, when asked by mediapersons whether he was not confident that BJP will form the government in Bengal, Rudy claimed: “We are 100 per cent sure that BJP will win… But at the same time, we are keeping all our options open.”