It’s now Govt vs Oppn in JNU row; Congress, Left join protests, Centre firm

Amid protests, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Ajay Maken, Anand Sharma and CPM head Sitaram Yechury reached the campus.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2016 5:11 am
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The row over alleged anti-national remarks at a gathering of JNU students and registration of a case of sedition escalated into a political slugfest Saturday with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi attacking the government and a delegation of the Left and JD(U) meeting the Union Home Minister to seek the release of the JNU students’ union president arrested in the case.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function, said there is “no question of harassment of students but the guilty will not be spared”.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju too took a firm stand: “We can’t allow JNU to be a hub of anti-national activities… This was an unfortunate incident. But these are not small kids who don’t know what they do. In the name of freedom of speech, you can’t abuse the nation.”

Read | People suppressing the voice of JNU students are anti-national: Rahul Gandhi

JNU student union president Kanhaiya was arrested Friday in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over a campus meeting on February 9 against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on that day in 2013.

On Saturday evening, Rahul Gandhi showed up in JNU where he slammed the government action: “What is anti-national? Most anti-national people are those suppressing the voice of students in JNU.”

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: “We met the Home Minister and apprised him about the tense atmosphere in JNU. Delhi Police has released a list of 20 students in connection with the event, which also includes (CPI leader) D Raja’s daughter, but we are asking ‘are they seen in the video shouting slogans’. They were present because they are members of students union or groups but that does not mean they were involved in it.”

Read | Do not disagree: JNU arrests over Afzal Guru event are ill-judged, threatens basic rights

“We have demanded that Kanhaiya be released. The Home Minister has assured us that no action will be taken against any innocent student,” he said.

Yechury, who was joined by D Raja and JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi, alleged that “the new vice chancellor is acting on the instructions of the government and allowed the police to go ahead with a crackdown… this is happening across all universities that VCs are being removed and the government is appointing persons who are then acting on their instructions.”

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi also met Rajnath Singh on Saturday. “No innocent shall suffer. DP is firmly committed to the rule of law and does not entertain any malice towards anyone,” he tweeted. In another tweet, he said, “As regards DP, kindly have no doubts. DP is committed to the rule of law. We act without any extraneous influence.”

 

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    Jai Kumar
    Feb 13, 2016 at 11:45 pm
    These vultures don't miss an opportunity
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      Kunal gupta
      Feb 14, 2016 at 8:04 pm
      Afjal guru kya tumara god tha jo itna mare ja rahe ho...rahul hi dudh pita bachha hai..dia sbse safe or great country hai..jaise jnu wale log kahi stand nahi kar pate jo terririst ko support karte hai.
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        Sirius
        Feb 14, 2016 at 5:34 am
        Undoubtedly, this will be raised in the upcoming budget session . NDA should stay firm and deflect the debate to clearly defining what is anti-national . Let opposition clarify . Beyond this, I am anguished to see that India cannot maintain the glory of its insutions. Comparing with Europe and America where insutions like Cambridge and Harvard have been nurtured for 100's of years,we have run down JNU, IIT's and AIIMS if 50 odd years ?
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          Chander Pal
          Feb 14, 2016 at 12:35 am
          This congress pygmy so called leader will go to any length to oppose Modi even if it means siding with anti nationalists. As far as left is concerned, for them Hindu bashing is a command to be followed.
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            Famida
            Feb 14, 2016 at 12:59 am
            Looks like cingress in all its years of rule converted jnu as factiry for its own selfish purpose.the state ment by the party leader is very disturbing.the true colours of congress party is now being shown .all hindus iu unite and throw this congress and left partues in to history.lets have congress free india
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              Rakesh
              Feb 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm
              He should have been welcomed with Rotten Tomatoes and eggs.
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                Rakesh
                Feb 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm
                Rahul is a looter ...and his mother is big looter
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                  Hari
                  Feb 13, 2016 at 3:02 pm
                  By supporting the rogues who raised anti India slogans, Rahul hi has proved that he is a traiter and anti-national. Don't allow him in any educational insutions. He is trying to destroy the country's educational insutions like he and his party destro India.
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                    Hari
                    Feb 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm
                    Wherever anti nationals are there, Rahul hi is quick to go there and embrace them. No wonder Pressutes work for Italian mafia family.
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                      IML sood
                      Feb 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm
                      What more proof you require to call them terrorists, anti nation slogans,shouting breaking of the country,continue fighting with Indian people.What Pappu now wants with other maroons sitting with long faces as if they are more sympathetic towards terrorist than India where they called themselves leaders but in fact are lickers of hi family.Why Kujli was absent as his party indirectly support lawlessness in the country and also a B team of Cong. Shame on them and their anti national supporters.
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                        George
                        Feb 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm
                        NDTV under funding of left ,congress is the worst anti national media. I For this channel money alone matters. Watch every event organised by NDTV where there are vip s. Standard question " sir what is your opinion on intolerance? where Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan right in expressing their opinion?" The NDTV channel management can definitely be tried for treason. Shameless people. They earn millions here but are traitors of the worst kind
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                          Raja
                          Feb 13, 2016 at 1:14 pm
                          They should be called anti-national political activists and terror supporters. They are not students. Students engage in studying. JNU is not a university. A university keeps its students engaged in studies. Shut down JNU.
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                            US NRI
                            Feb 13, 2016 at 9:17 pm
                            Very unfortunate country. We are too democratic. If RaGa really cares for these students and charges on them, why is he not advising them to apologize. May be they will drop the charges if the perpetrators truly seek apology of the nation
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                              Aditya Jois
                              Feb 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm
                              Ok here's a situation where some people raised Anti-Indian statements in JNU like "Go back India, we support Afzal Guru and we will destroy India". Now one of the so called PM candidate of congress has given a statement, "Anti national are those who suppress the voices of JNU!!" Ok I'm now suppressing the voices of JNU who held an event with slogans of "Destroying India". Am I Anti-National???
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                                Alab
                                Feb 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm
                                WHY RAHUL HI COME ON TV AND TALK ABOUT JNU ? WHST ARE HIS VIEWS ? DOES HE HAVE ANY PLAN OR AGENDA THAN DISRUPTING PARLIAMENT AND BLOCKING PROGRESS ? WHY KANWAR and BURKHA INTERVIEW HIM ? HE HAD FULL POWER. WHY HE DID'NT STOP EXECUTION OF AFZAL GURU ? REMEMBER HIS GMA CREATED BINDERWALA. HE IS REPEATING SAME MISTAKE FOR POLITICAL EXPDIENCY LIKE HER.
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                                  Alab
                                  Feb 17, 2016 at 5:44 pm
                                  WHY RAHUL HI COME ON TV AND TALK ABOUT JNU ? WHST ARE HIS VIEWS ? DOES HE HAVE ANY PLAN OR AGENDA THAN DISRUPTING PARLIAMENT AND BLOCKING PROGRESS ? WHY KANWAR and BURKHA INTERVIEW HIM ? HE HAD FULL POWER. WHY HE DID'NT STOP EXECUTION OF AFZAL GUTU ? REMEMBER HIS GMA CREATED BINDERWALA. HE IS REPEATING SAME MISTAKD FOR POLITICAL EXPDIGENCY LIKE HER.
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                                    mla
                                    Feb 13, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                                    I don't how low they will go? My hatred towards Congi and Left growing day by day.
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                                      Anand Sudan
                                      Feb 13, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                                      Rahul says'“most anti-national people are those who are suppressing the voice of students in this insution” - So, he is advocating that these students would be given freedom to speak against India, speak against the judiciary which ordered the hanging of Afsal guru. And this insensible man did n't see any wrong in these anti national students shouting slogans in favour of stan and for the freedom of Kashmir.
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                                        Archpagan
                                        Feb 13, 2016 at 4:01 pm
                                        Kanhaiya Kumar should rot in jail for at least 10 years. While the entire world is reeling under terrorist threat from Islamist, these JNU rascals are busy inventing Hindu terrorism. In order to prove their secular credential they should organize an event to discuss whether self-serving verses of a desert bandit indulging in wanton killing, rape and per should be treated as God's message.
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                                          Arvind
                                          Feb 13, 2016 at 4:32 pm
                                          At present Rahul hi is completely confused leader in Congress party.He does not know what to talk and what not talk.At present his aim is only to attack Narendra Modi.Therefore he is not interested what happened in JNU but he wants to support them for his political survival but he does not know he is supporting those who shouted against India.This show how he is immature in Politics.It is advised Congress veterans to tell Rahul that he should not support students who were shouting anti-India slogan otherwise impression will go in public that Congress Party supporting terrorst activities.
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                                            ashok
                                            Feb 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                            Students indulging in anti national activities should be debarred from college. Parties supporting should be exposed.Mr rahul is unfit and the left leaders the less said better.left ledars have no Morales
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