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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    Arjun
    Feb 13, 2016 at 10:54 pm
    What does Rahul mean those who shouted anti India slogans are nationalist
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      Abraham
      Feb 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm
      Arrest Rahul hi and probe his links with terror organisations.
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        Arun
        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.......
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          Sirius
          Feb 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm
          Mr. Rahul : Can you clarify whether objecting to the calls for disintegration of India is intolerance ?
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            Sirius
            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 .
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              Famida
              Feb 14, 2016 at 1:00 am
              Th8s man from congress must be arrested first
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                GG
                Feb 15, 2016 at 7:02 am
                Is there any law through which we can ostracize #AmulBoy from our country?
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                  Rakesh
                  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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                    Ganesh
                    Feb 13, 2016 at 5:49 pm
                    Communists and Congress are having the same goal - To destabilise and destroy India. Rahul hi should apologise to the nation for having supported anti national elements.
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                      Amit
                      Feb 13, 2016 at 6:05 pm
                      Some politicians will sell their soul for votes rahul hi happens to be one of them but still can't get votes . A terrorist was hanged after due legal process and anyone who glorifies these terrorist n protest against their hanging is guilty of crime against India ..Mr hi I can also condone killers of your father n gmother will you like it ? Some matters are above politics and nationalism is one of them get a back bone n start behaving like men I wish you were !
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                        Hari
                        Feb 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm
                        Dear Rahul hi, By supporting the rogues who have raised anti-India slogans at JNU, you are only proving that you are a traiter and anti-national. Can't you spare the educational insutions from your narrow minded politics? Why do you want to destroy our educational insutions? Unlike you, most Indians are poor and education is the only way they can come up in life. They are not born in royal families like yours, where merely being a member of the family means enormous power and wealth. Please show some mercy. Spare our educational insutions. Please.
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                          Neelesh
                          Feb 13, 2016 at 4:01 pm
                          You look cute Rahul, as long as you don't speak.
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                            Mr indian
                            Feb 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm
                            This moron never fails to show up with band baja and chamchas on the wrong side of history. He is predictable as a soiled diaper on a baby.
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                              Jay
                              Feb 13, 2016 at 4:41 pm
                              While Modi is visiting several places campaigning for "Make In India", it is shameful that Rahul appears to be going around places where "Destroy India" campaigns are carried out.
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                                K S
                                Feb 13, 2016 at 7:06 pm
                                Rahul hi and his brigade accompanying him to foment trouble at the JNU first needs to come clean on the hanging of Afzal Guru who was hanged secretly in Tihar without informing his family in hush hush manner during the regime of Congress. There has never been such a secretive action during the former or present tenure of BJP. Satwant Singh alleged ailant of Indira hi too was hanged secretly whereas case of Satwant was pending in the trial court against those who had fired at him discreetly to kill him despite of arrested. Today, the same set of Congressis are out to deliver the lessons on Democracy to the students unrepentant on their own dictatorial actions and atudes forgetting his own action of tearing the bill on convict legislatures thereby heaping insult both on then PM Manmohan Singh and Parliament. This is the true face hian Democrat.
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                                  Maniktripathy
                                  Feb 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm
                                  Amazing this coming from a party leader who is clueless what "Anti-national" means....
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                                    Mush Tractor
                                    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:21 am
                                    Just declare a lock out and close down the so called Umiversity. No one "studying" here is interested in education. Ask them to emble in Pragathi maidan daily. Everyone is happy.
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                                      Mush Tractor
                                      Feb 16, 2016 at 2:35 am
                                      Sorry.Your are blissfully wrong, the JNU students did not like their country. They wanted it destro by a thousand cuts. Your are rigjt about the general people with common sense who say, "we love our country and we dont want it to disintegrate".
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                                        Mush Tractor
                                        Feb 16, 2016 at 2:39 am
                                        The argument that someone else is a thief too, so dont arrest me because you did not atrest him, does not hold water. If you are a thief, you will be behind bars period. Others will get their comeuppance too at a time and place which the nation chooses. Beggars and thieves cant be choosers.
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                                          Mush Tractor
                                          Feb 16, 2016 at 2:33 am
                                          Your are blissfully wrong, the JNU students wanted
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                                            MyTake
                                            Feb 13, 2016 at 6:49 pm
                                            ( The Congress vice-president, who had on Friday accused the Modi government of “bullying” the insution, scaled up the attack saying “most anti-national are people, who are suppressing the voice of students in this insution”.) Wow Nahruvian Pandit wow! True to your grain!
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