JNU ABVP president Alok Singh said in Pune on Monday that contrary to ABVP members being projected as bullies by certain elements, on the contrary, it is they who are being harassed on the JNU campus by pro-Left groups.
Speaking at a students’ meet, Singh alleged that ABVP members are being terrorised through wall graffitis and threatening messages slipped inside hostel rooms. The ABVP leader said that they are in minority and are being threatened continuously by the majority of left-leaning students’ groups.
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Speaking about the ‘witch-hunting’ of ABVP members, Singh said, “I cannot even repeat what our members are facing. If you see what kind of abuses are being hurled at our members, you will be shaken. It is a very difficult time for us but we are not going to be scared.”
Singh repeated the sequence of events on February 9 and tried to clarify the ABVP’s stance besides stating that the main fight now is against select JNU professors who encourage anti-national sentiments on campus and not students per se.
“Of the 600-odd professors in JNU, about 200 come from a Left background and have been members of such organisations in the past. These are the faculty supporting the students’ groups who held the anti-national event. The other 400 professors are supporting us and that’s why our fight is not just with those students but the faculty who are encouraging such events on campus,” Singh said.
“These 200 professors have created a Lalgarh and ultra-Leftist hub inside the JNU campus,” Singh further said, and added that while a majority of those on the JNU campus are nationalists, the ultra-Left and Left organisations have created a negative image of the university.
Asked about the differences within party members that led to the resignation of three ABVP office-bearers in JNU, Singh pushed the blame for that on the faculty as well.
“All three members come from the School of Social Sciences that is a Left hub and these students came under extreme pressure from their faculty. They were even fed on what they have to say and if you see their statements, they said nothing against ABVP but the general situation in the country,” Singh said.
Stating that Kanhaiya Kumar is his next-door hostel roommate and he has no personal issues with him, Singh launched a scathing attack on Kanhaiya’s personal life.
“Kanhaiya makes big speeches and tries to portray a different image of himself. In reality, he is something else altogether. He talks about equality but the fact is that he doesn’t even respect women. He was caught urinating in public by a lady, whom he tried to bully saying that he was the JNU students’ union president. Later, the lady complained and Kanhaiya, on being found guilty, was slapped with a fine of Rs 3,000. Is this how a nationalist student leader behaves?” Singh wondered.
Finishing off on a note about the Delhi High Court’s observation on the JNU incident as an infection that needs antibiotics or amputation, Singh said that these words should serve as a warning for anti-national elements across colleges in India.