Left, Rahul join JNU protest, student union calls for strike till Kanhaiya is released

Noting that India is progressing because more and more people are raising their voice, Rahul said that everybody has a right to disagree.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2016 4:29 am
narendra modi, rahul gandhi, dalit, congress, bjp, kerala polls File photo Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Hundreds of teachers and students gathered outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administrative block Saturday demanding the immediate release of JNU students’ union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar arrested on sedition charges, and withdrawal of police from the university campus.

Besides the JNU community, senior leaders such as Sitaram Yechury, Rahul Gandhi, D Raja, Ajay Maken, Anand Sharma, Yogendra Yadav and Anand Kumar were also present at the solidarity meeting.

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The JNUSU has given a call for an indefinite university strike from Monday till Kanhaiya is released. The JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) has also decided not to hold classes Monday when Kumar will be produced in court, said sources.

Earlier in the day, some of them met university Chancellor K Kasturirangan.

Addressing the crowd, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said he had asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to set up a magisterial inquiry to probe the authenticity of the evidence under which the students were being charged. Soon after, Kejriwal announced he had set up the inquiry.

“I cannot believe that JNU students, teachers and karamcharis can be anti-nationals. This battle will not only continue in campus, but also outside the campus in Parliament,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi too spoke out against JNU being branded anti-national, “These are the same people who called Rohith (Vemula) anti-national…,” he said, adding that this was an attempt by right-wing forces to sideline the Vemula issue. “They thought that by crushing you, they are destroying Vemula. But they don’t know that they are making you stronger,” he added.

Gandhi was shown black flags and slogans were raised against him by ABVP activists. The activists continued to raise slogans throughout the meeting.

CPI leader D Raja said the attack on JNU was an attack on the “constitutional idea of India”. He also said that he was getting threats from anonymous numbers.

“The RSS and its wings don’t have any moral right to speak about nationalism. We don’t believe in Hindutva nationalism, but we stand for a democratic republic, according to the Constitution. The attack on JNU is an attack on the constitutional idea of India,” he said.

Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav said senior advocate Prashant Bhushan also promised to fight on Kanhaiya’s behalf. “They (ABVP) have picked the wrong university for their politics because students will not sit still here,” said Yadav.

Earlier in the day, a group of teachers had met Kasturirangan. An official communication from the university said, “He expressed concern… and appreciated the quick response by the vice-chancellor and his team in dealing with the matter and setting up an inquiry committee.” Sources, however, said teachers were not satisfied with his non-commitment on withdrawing police forces from campus.


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  1. A
    Feb 13, 2016 at 10:54 pm
    What does Rahul mean those who shouted anti India slogans are nationalist
    1. A
      Feb 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm
      Arrest Rahul hi and probe his links with terror organisations.
      1. A
        Feb 14, 2016 at 4:40 am
        his would go to any extent to gain power even if it means the murder and r@pe of this country.......i have no word in dictionary to express my upsetness......Irresponsible and baised Media are the prime threat to this country now.......
        1. S
          Feb 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm
          Mr. Rahul : Can you clarify whether objecting to the calls for disintegration of India is intolerance ?
          1. S
            Feb 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm
            Mr. Tewari, you answer the question yourself . If sedition charge will not carry in court, Mr. Kanhaiyya will be honorably discharged . Mr. Yechury / Mr. Raja, the police has evidence and there is a witness for the anti-national activities. They will put their arguments in court, and you put yours, subsequently let court decide if Mr. Kanhaiyya is guilty. If you have any evidence for RSS agenda and against ABVP, please approach the court .
            1. F
              Feb 14, 2016 at 1:00 am
              Th8s man from congress must be arrested first
              1. G
                Feb 15, 2016 at 7:02 am
                Is there any law through which we can ostracize #AmulBoy from our country?
                1. R
                  Feb 13, 2016 at 6:38 pm
                  This Uneducated Pappu is really a curse on India. We should put to his place by all means. If he is allowed to graze on everyone land He will destroy the India, Indian Culture.
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