SWARAJ LEHAR leader and noted psephologist Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday said the arrest of the JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, on sedition charges, was part of the BJP-led NDA government’s “designs to implement the RSS agenda in Indian universities”.
While condemning the shouting of anti-India slogans inside the JNU campus, Yadav, who was in Ludhiana on Tuesday, said: “Those who shouted the slogans have not been arrested while an elected president has been charged with sedition. This is very unfortunate. This shows the real face of the Modi government, which is hell bent on implementing the RSS agenda in universities”.
Yadav, himself a former JNU student, added: “This student organisation has a glorious past and has made great contributions in the freedom struggle. The RSS meanwhile did not even shed even a drop of blood in the fight against colonialism”.
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He further said the Communist Party of India (CPI), which backs the student union, only protests and stages dharnas and that it would never raise slogans in favour of Pakistan. Yadav also condemned the lawyers attack on journalists, students and the JNU faculty inside the Patiala House Court in New Delhi. “It is a disgrace,” he said.
On the AAP government’s tenure in Delhi, the former party leader said: “Swaraj Lehar got an independent survey done in Delhi between February 10 and February 14 and found discontent among the people. They awarded negative marking to the AAP government. We will share the details of this survey with the people of Punjab in the coming days”. Yadav, however, said the survey was a random one and not based on scientific lines.
Queried on whether the Swaraj Lehar would be converted into a political party before the 2017 assembly elections in Punjab, Yadav said: “People want a change and they definitely don’t want another tenure of the SAD-BJP government. We are yet to decide as to whether we will form a political party or not”.