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Left protests ‘vindictive’ action against JNU students

CPI leader D Raja said, “This House cannot be a mute spectator when such things are happening in JNU under our very nose.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 27, 2016 1:51 am
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Left parties on Tuesday raised in Rajya Sabha the issue of rustication of three Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, including Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid, and the fine imposed on JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar. They termed the action as vindictive and vengeful.

Raising the issue, CPM’s Tapan Kumar Sen described the move as “another most arrogant, anti-democratic act being indulged in and patronised by the government”.

“The attack that has been unleashed on the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University by rusticating them and debarring many of them for five years, and thereby taking a vindictive and vengeful action against their entire educational career, is made in a very unjust manner. And, this is a part of this government’s project of trampling the Constitutional rights of the citizens,” Sen said.

CPI leader D Raja said, “This House cannot be a mute spectator when such things are happening in JNU under our very nose.”

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien expunged certain remarks by Raja against the university. “Universities are autonomous bodies,” Kurien said, adding that since the university’s representatives were not present to defend themselves, such harsh words should not be used. To this, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said, “JNU was established by an Act passed by us. Whatever has happened in the university is our responsibility because we passed that Act. Therefore, it is completely under our jurisdiction to discuss this.”

The Left parties found support from the Congress on the issue, with Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad saying, “We totally support whatever our colleagues have said.” Anand Sharma of Congress added: “We are worried how the atmosphere in one after the other university is being vitiated.”

The Chair, however, could not give a ruling on the notice, as Congress members disrupted proceedings over Article 356 being used to dismiss their party’s government in Uttarakhand, leading to adjournment of the House.

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    anadi
    Apr 26, 2016 at 9:10 am
    First Congress Chidabaram and Shinde must be put behind bars and beaten till they don't reveal how they were funded by ISIS !! Congress Party is scared of discussion over Ishrat issue. That's why it is trying to interrupt Parliament Session.
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      rameshnk
      Apr 26, 2016 at 8:51 am
      Should theJNU consult leftists and Scamgressis on what action they should take. JNU has taken a belated but right decision. Belated because they allowed these antinationals all the room all these days, but when the things went overboard they woke up. Leftists have been exposed for what they are worth. Kanhaiya Babu got a soft repreive. He should have been rusticated for 1 year. He is the main character behind this
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        vinayak
        Apr 26, 2016 at 7:37 am
        twice in a row due to HRD dirty opposition has got an issue to disrupt parliament
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          Lovely
          Apr 26, 2016 at 9:01 am
          These pro- JNU MPs should be thankful that only minimum punishment has been given.
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            Lovely
            Apr 26, 2016 at 8:58 am
            Why some of our politicians like anti nationals -- but no discussion on NIT Sri Nagar?
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