Who said what on JNU row

Here are all the reactions on the ongoing JNU row.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 18, 2016 7:04 pm
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Tarun Gogoi

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi alleged there was “tacit support” of the Prime Minister for the police attack on students in JNU and said the BJP-led Centre is attempting to “impose” RSS ideology on educational institutions of the country.

“There has to be the tacit support of the Prime Minister for the police attack on the students in JNU. The Delhi police commissioner has not said anything on it. There has to be some power backing him,” Gogoi claimed while addressing the media.

Shatrughan Sinha

Firing yet another salvo at the government, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha said institutions and systems of governance have been allowed to be “tarnished by anarchy and police inaction” and disapproved of slapping of sedition charges against a JNU student leader.

Sinha, who has often taken a position at variance with the party’s stand, came out in support of arrested JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charges, and called for his release soon. He said inaction by police against assualt by some lawyers at a court complex presented a “very poor image” which could have been avoided.

Baba Ramdev

In a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his stand on the JNU row and police action against students, yoga guru Baba Ramdev said that friendship with country’s “traitors” is equivalent to treachery.

Asking the government to identify the “real traitors” so that innocents are not punished, Ramdev appealed to all
parties to rise above “vote-bank politics” for the sake of the country’s unity.

“Friendship with country’s traitors is also considered as treachery. In the eyes of law, supporting anti-national elements is also a crime,” Ramdev told reporters when asked about Rahul’s stand on the issue.

Kiren Rijiju

A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh triggered another controversy amid the protests over police action at JNU by claiming that the “JNU incident” was supported by Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday said Singh’s statement was based on intelligence inputs which could not be shared in public.

“Intelligence inputs indicate clearly that Hafiz Saaed and related organisations support the incident. The home minister has made a statement based on intelligence inputs,” Rijiju told reporters.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Chairman and Managing Director  of Biocon, Monday said the government should avoid getting trapped in issues like the  JNU row and leave such matters to the university administration.  “The JNU should be left to identify and  punish the guilty. Government must avoid getting trapped into such issues.  If such extreme anti-national slogans have been shouted then JNU must be directed to act against the guilty,” she tweeted.

Shaw is among the few corporate leaders who have reacted to the event. Earlier, Mohandas Pai, the former Infosys CFO , too, had said the government was getting trapped in an ideological battle.

Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi attacked BJP and RSS, saying they wanted to control everyone’s views and follow the agenda of creating divide and hatred among people.

“BJP and RSS are following the agenda of creating divide and hatred, as can be seen from the recent developments in JNU, by imposing their views forcibly on people,” Gandhi said at a party meeting here in Assam’s Sonitpur district.

He alleged, “BJP and RSS have no respect for the diversity of the nation’s culture and sentiments of the people. They just want that everybody follow their views. They find terrorism everywhere, even in universities and brand anybody who do not agree with their views as terrorists.”

BJP national president Amit Shah , during a public meeting at Dumurjala , Howrah on January 25, 2016. (Express Photo by Partha Paul) BJP national president Amit Shah.

Amit Shah

In a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi over the JNU row, BJP chief Amit Shah said he had “proved” that national interest had no place in his mind and asked if the Congress vice president had joined hands with separatist forces and wanted another division of India.

Speaking on the raging controversy for the first time, Shah asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul a host of questions and demanded that he apologise for his stand on the JNU issue, saying support to anti-national forces in the name of the Left’s progressive ideology is not acceptable.

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Shiv Sena
Taking an aggressive stand on the turmoil at JNU, Shiv Sena today said all politicians who support the students’ agitation should be stripped off their ‘elected status’ and those raising slogans against India put behind bars.

Citing the example of cricketer Virat Kohli’s Pakistani fan being declared an “anti-national” by the neighboring country for waving an Indian flag, the Sena said all those sloganeering against India should be declared “anti-nationals”.

“All those who are sloganeering against India should be immediately put behind bars. The JNU campus has now become a hub of not only anti-nationals, but of Pakistani and Chinese agents, who are indulging in anti-national activities on government’s money,” an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.

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Shashi Tharoor
Concerned over JNU row, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said government should not interfere much in the functioning of universities and that such educational institutions should be treated as autonomous.

“My personal view is that we shouldn’t have too much government interference in universities. Even as minister, I felt our education system is over-regulated and under- governed,” Tharoor told PTI on the sidelines of ‘Make in India Week’ here.

“We should leave universities as autonomous places,” he said, adding that as a minister he would not have written to the Vice Chancellor about matters related to disciplining or punishments.

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Hitting back at BJP chief Amit Shah for attacking Rahul Gandhi over the JNU row, Congress chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said those once “externed by the Supreme Court over criminal charges” should not teach patriotism to the Congress, which has played a “stellar role” in freedom movement.

Surjewala told reporters here it is ironical that those who are “inheritors of the thought process of Nathuram Godse” are giving new definition of patriotism and love for the nation.

He said it was “distressing and condemnable” that “those who helped British and sided with them” in the freedom movement and whose parent organisation RSS did not hoist the National flag at its headquarters in Nagpur were teaching nationalism to Congress.

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Sitaram Yechury
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury launched a stinging attack on right-wing outfits for allegedly labeling Left parties as “anti-national” forces, saying there can’t be a “bigger” farce than “Godse-worshippers” putting out certificates on nationalism.

“There can be no bigger farce than Godse-worshippers putting out certificates on nationalism,” Yechury tweeted.

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Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar attacked the Centre on the arrest of JNU Students’ Union president on sedition charge saying it was “too much of a design” to impose the ideology of ABVP, the student wing of the RSS, on the nation.

He claimed it was “like imposing Emergency” in the country.

“It’s too much of a design to impose ideology of ABVP, which is the student wing of RSS in educational institutions,” Kumar told reporters after ‘Janata Ke Darbar Mein Mukhya Mantri’ programme.

JNU row BSP Chief Mayawati

Mayawati
BSP President Mayawati alleged the NDA government had branded JNU as “anti-national” to implement the “extreme and offensive agenda” of the RSS and
termed as “political conspiracy” the arrest of JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges.

She also said the role of central minister or central government after the suicide of dalit student Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad to the JNU incident has been very negative, which was indicative of “a very dangerous trend”.

“In one stroke, the BJP-led government has branded the prestigious institution like JNU as anti-national in order to implement the extreme and offensive agenda of the RSS,” Mayawati said in a statement here.

Congress MP Kumari Selja Congress MP Kumari Selja

Kumari Selja
Congress MP Kumari Selja said her party would raise the issue of the ongoing unrest on the JNU campus in Parliament and demanded that a high-level probe be conducted into the matter.

Talking to reporters here, she said the allegation by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the JNU event had the backing of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed as “very serious”.

“The Union Minister should have shared the evidence with the people of the country to back his serious allegation. Congress would raise the issue in the Budget Session,” she said.

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Swami Agnivesh
Social activist Swami Agnivesh alleged that attempts were being made by ABVP, RSS and BJP to defame the “highest traditions of JNU” as their student’s wing was defeated in the campus elections.

“The attempts being made by responsible leaders of ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad), RSS and BJP to defame highest traditions of JNU are highly condemnable. It was being done as ABVP lost to Kanhaiya Kumar (JNUSU president). It is totally wrong and such dirty acts should not have any place in
politics,” he told reporters.

“The incident of Hyderabad’s Central University is being re-played in JNU. I am pained to say that there is an unwanted hurriedness on the part of government to foster RSS-BJP men on key positions. May be to fulfil their own interests. It is a big attack on country’s intellectual heritage and we all should remain cautious on the issue,” Agnivesh alleged.

jnu, jnu row Maninderjit Singh Bitta

Maninderjit Singh Bitta
Chairman of All-India Anti-Terrorism Front Maninderjit Singh Bitta along with the kin of Parliament attack victims today demanded stringent action against the students allegedly involved in the “anti-national act” in the JNU.

They also threatened to protest if no action was taken against those guilty of holding an event in support of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on the JNU campus.

“We demand stringent action against those who had raised slogans against India, the judicial hanging of terror convict Afzal Guru, in support of Pakistan and demanded freedom of Kashmir. They have insulted the sentiments of those families whose sons, brothers or husbands have sacrificed their lives during the 2001 Parliament attack,” said Bitta.

jnu, jnu row Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi

B S Bassi
Justifying the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi claimed that he had raised anti-national slogans during the controversial event in the campus but said police have so far found “no evidence linking the LeT” to the incident.

“Kanhaiya was present at the event, where he delivered a speech and participated in an unlawful assembly which indulged in anti-India sloganeering. It was because of his involvement, and the evidence we have collected so far, that he has been arrested under charge of sedition,” Bassi told reporters here
after meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

jnu, jnu row Yogi Adtiyanath

Yogi Adityanath
Firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath said anti-India slogan shouting at JNU shows that some “anti-national elements” were active in the university.

The Gorakhpur MP said there is a limit to freedom of expression and using it for indulging in anti-national activities was “unpardonable”.

“The action taken in JNU case is justified and in national interest. Anti-national slogan shouting in JNU shows that some anti-national elements are active there,” Adityanath said.

jnu, jnu row Former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat

Prakash Karat
Former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat attacked the Narendra Modi Government alleging that it “directed the crisis” at JNU and was attempting to impose ideological hegemony on varsities in the country.

“Ever since the Modi Government came to power, universities across the country have been under siege. There have been constant attempts to impose ideological hegemony on universities,” said Karat during his visit to protest-hit JNU.

Karat, also ex-JNUSU president, added, “This crisis at JNU has also been directed by the top government machinery…RSS has always called JNU a den of anti-nationals.”

 

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Rajiv Mehrishi
Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi promised action against those involved in the attack on media persons in Patiala House court during the proceedings connected with the sedition case against JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.

“Law will take its course. Action will be taken in accordance with law against anybody who takes the law in their hands. I will speak to Delhi Police Commissioner,” he told reporters.

He was answering questions on the alleged beating up of journalists and students and teachers of JNU in the court.

Dattatreya Hosabale RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale (Source: PTI)

Dattatreya Hosabale
Amid a row over an event at JNU, RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale has alleged that it was a result of a “conspiracy” and those who raised slogans in support of
Pakistan and Afzal Guru are “traitors” and should be charged with treason.

Students participating in such sloganeering must be dealt with strictly, he said. Hosabale alleged that the JNU event was a result of a “conspiracy”.

Speaking at the Mahanagar Swayamsewak Sangam here yesterday, the RSS Joint General Secretary wondered how a generation of students indulging in anti-national sloganeering came up in an institution, which is known as a temple of learning.

[with PTI inputs]

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    AARAAM
    Feb 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm
    Somewhere I read that within JNU students of both Left and Right wings sang songs on Sunday night, shouting ''Bharat desh hai hamarah'' or some such thing. Though they were sad that anti-national label is now being slapped on JNU both sides who embled ( it seems that hostel bears name of Periyaar) there were confused when they talked how figures like Mao, Che, Marx are attempted to be replaced by ones like Afzal Guru... The point is, students themselves realize that some thing had gone wrong on projecting / or, elevating an unusual person such as Afzal Guru to iconic status! This occurred on Sunday night ( 2 nights ago). So, moral of story-- Give students time to think over the follies- there seems to be a self-correction happening! Why not ALL the politicians, irrespective of proclaimed left, right or middle - Fake ideologies ( which melt during election times, hilariously- with sole aim being , capturing power at any cost) stop intruding in name of protecting them by vitiating actual situation, to really allow normalcy prevail again? These political calculations at all times, at all places , at all levels - will one day boomerang, if and when they ascend to power by chance. Only if India is held as one Nation, they too can dream of power- not by creating ruckus every now and then. Of-course our ever obliging TV-Wallahs are happy to run around with their cameras and mikes to make hay while the SON SHINES! ( That worthy SON utters only one mantra - RSS, RSS, RSS.. HINDUTVA, HINDUTVA ..BJP, BJP... ) and give enough unsolicited, unpaid publicity to RSS, of all others!.[ By the way, where the RSS people anywhere nearer to JNU?] ''When a pot of muddy water is stirred ( here by all and sundry, incl. our IE? ) it makes such a whirl-pool that it takes quite a bit of time to come to stand still, again".
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      abdulhafiz lakhani
      Feb 16, 2016 at 7:20 am
      i condemn the ongoing onslaught of Modi Government on the university campuses and its student activists across the country. The recent prosecution and arrest of JNU students and other civil rights activists on sedition charges is appalling and it goes on to show the frustration of central government against anyone who doesn’t toe its narrow jingoist ideological lines. If on one side the students and civil rights activists are slapped with sedition charges, on the other side the real anti-national fascist forces who are openly celebrating the ination of hi by declaring Godse as hero and disrespecting the consution are roaming freely. This shows the double standard of the communal minded government who wants to turn this nation into hindutva state. The Modi government has given free hands to the Hindutva organizations to carry out all the atrocities against the Muslims, Dalits and the people who are struggling against state repression and suppressing.Modi government’s absurdity of imposing section 124A against students and civil rights activists for asking uncomfortable questions violates Supreme Court orders. Consutional bench of Supreme Court in Kedernath Singh vs State of Bihar ordered that mere words cannot be seditious unless it is accompanied by incitement to violence. Freedom of speech and expression includes right to dissent and protest, government by bing every dissent of status quo as anti-national cannot curb the basic rights provided in the consution.This deable norm of bing dissenting Muslims as terrorists and dissenting Dalits as anti-national has crossed every limit since Narendra Modi took power in Delhi. From Rohit Vemula to Kanhaiya Kumar, Modi government has repeatedly shown India how fragile and vulnerable fundamental rights have become on the face of an authoritarian state. i am in all possible strong words condemns the acts of ABVP activists who gave objectionable slogans by infiltrating into the protests by JNUSU students and also condemn the Modi government’s act of slapping sedition charges on JNU students and civil rights activists. I demand central government to stop its unconsutional activities and immediately withdraw the cases slapped against students and activists.i also demands the central government to take immediate strong action against the real culprits i.e. ABVP activists.
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        ajit menon
        Mar 30, 2016 at 4:22 am
        Hang the supporters of Afjal guru.
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          ANIL
          Feb 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm
          All the sane minded people should condemn the pro pak slongan shouting indivuals and those who support their cause just to satisfy their indvidual grudge aginst BJP and RSS
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            ankur mittal
            Feb 16, 2016 at 9:01 am
            It is shame that politics in India has reached to such a low . All anti-nationals/anti-national parties are supporting the arrested JNU leader in the name of freedom on speech. Take my word, this controversy will remove the fakeness from so called secular parties. Now, it would be clear about who is national and who is anti national.
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              Prashanth
              Feb 17, 2016 at 7:35 am
              Those are making political issues of JNU event and supporting the Students were involved in anti nation slogan,should be out from india.They are real terror of our country.
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                Arpan Pal
                Mar 5, 2016 at 4:44 am
                I agree with Shashi Tharoor that government should not have interfered into this. Singing Afzal Guru's name and questioning the judicial system for not giving Afzal Guru a fair trial does not help in attending to any of the impending issues at hand such as poverty and corruption....... It is unfortunate to see the brightest of young India wasting their time and talent in such inconsequential 'NAARE BAAZI'.
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                  KK Bose
                  Feb 27, 2016 at 10:14 am
                  I am getting tremendous support for the caste eradication. My email ids, WhatsApp, etc. are full with support letters. The Patels' agitation, JNU agitation, Jats' agitation are all the direct result of my 54 days Bharatyathra 2014 and 95 days Bharatyathra 2015, according to several people following my activities. Different people are coming out with signature campaigns with the aim to eradicate caste. I wish all our people understand and evolve as human beings, not jathi beings, and ERADICATE CASTE SYSTEM before its too late.
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                    KK Bose
                    Feb 27, 2016 at 10:14 am
                    I want not only the divided Indians but the world potion to know that India is not just like any other small countries that are burning. Since India is the oldest civilization and a large potion housing more than 1/6th of the world potion, the w world will feel the heat if India burns. Patels agitation, Jats agitation, JNU agitation etc., are the signs of India beginning to burn. ERADICATE CASTE SYSTEM.
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                      jayantibhai
                      Feb 17, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                      Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, if some employees of your company Biocon indulge in activities which are against your company what will be your reaction?
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                        deepak
                        Feb 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm
                        Boss freedom was not came because of so called budde . that time 2 ww was going british troops r deteated .dat time netaji ne azad hindu fouze ka dum dikhaaya tha .royal indian british forces were opposed to cooperate with them . thats y they given freedom to india .us dono buddonki vajahse parion huaan.aur aaj aada hindustan tadap rahan hai.
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                          deepak
                          Feb 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm
                          Govt should take back their army troops from border. There no patriotism in india. Faltume jawan unke jaan de rahan hain india patriotism only to talk, not to protect the natiin
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                            deepak
                            Feb 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                            Indians will not react to anti indian slogans .because india plural country.so my fellow indians dont react to anti india slogans.agar kuch bhi bolana tum RSS ya BJP ka log samjhenge.
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                              deepak
                              Feb 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm
                              Jnu students are in right path .they should not leave their roads which directs freedom of kashmir , manipur,nagaland, maharashtra, telangana,gujrat,tamilnadu and kerala
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                                Venugopal
                                Feb 19, 2016 at 3:12 am
                                Yogeshwar Dutt's Poem () caught my attention and I started following JNU news since then. I'm very confused and disappointed by some TV/media's emphasis on court's issue leaving the JNU issue behind. They start the discussion with a note 'very Sad/Mad/Worst day in the Indian history' - surprisingly it's about the attack on Journalists, no mention about anti nation slogan. If some one points out then next questions comes as do you agree police intervention in this matter instead of JNU handling it, again no mention of anti India slogans- shame. If some one stresses again here comes another question - there is no evidence Kanhaiya chanted slogans, but why police arrested him - double shame. I've couple of question's to TV channel's like ND(D=deteriorated/demoralized/doomed) TV. 1. Ask any one in the country to chose between betraying the county Vs giving their life, what will be your option . But what is NDTV's stand on it? For me they and their journalism is the pride and it is much needed than mother land..Shame on you guys. 2. What are you/ND(D=divide the nation/double standards) TV trying to prove from these debates? a.Just ask every one to Condemn , Condemn, CONDEMN the attack on journalist as a punch line - forget about anti national acts. b. Attack on Journalist is bigger crime than betraying the country. c. Kanhaiya is innocent because he didn't give the slogans but attended the betray India gathering that's occurring since last 7 years as a leader and president of university. d. you can shout and scream do what ever you want on the name Journalism. e. All the above. For me it looks like answer is (e)/all the above. With these kind misleading programs no doubt ND(D=disgusting) TV/Media's rating would rather go down and people would hate to watch. Just beware - media doesn't mean TV and repeated flashers any more.. so please stop encouraging these anti national or anti social elements.
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                                  bhuwan
                                  Feb 15, 2016 at 5:47 pm
                                  in fact govt should not interfere in any of the insutions and all the police and military should be sent back to barracks. let Maoists kill people,let terrorists kill Indians, let criminals rape women and let students raise slogans against India, celebrate killing of Indian shoulders, painters to paint nude painting of goddess. it is all their freedom. this is pure secularism.
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                                    Gs Kang
                                    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:58 am
                                    Are they really trying to convince us that this JNU guy is in the same league as Bhagat Singh? (Communist tried for sedition) I don't understand these 'nationalist' sedition jokers.
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                                      dr.amit karmore
                                      Feb 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm
                                      Those who r antinationals are supporting jnu students..these parties r making dirty politics this incident all parties should stand against these students who supported terrorist afjal guru.all these students should be given such a punishment that no one afterwards should even think against india.and not a single seat these parties who supported jnu students should get in future elections
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                                        Kishor
                                        Feb 16, 2016 at 6:50 am
                                        @ Kiran Mazumdar and others were saying this issue should have been left for Universities.... then if tommorrow any rape happened in University/collage, then there will be no police case only university will take action... will it be ok
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                                          Manohar Sharma
                                          Feb 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm
                                          India must wake up now and raise head against the anti-national designs and activities of Congress, Left, AAP and other Pseudo Secular Parties.
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                                            Indian not
                                            Mar 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm
                                            JNU is Known as ANJNU Anti national Jhuta Langa union...Hang them and strip them in stan at least they learn we are wrong to fight terror not only on border but in India aswell
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