Comments on beef and pork festival disrupt presidential debate in JNU

Comments by one of the candidates on the beef and pork festival planned to be held on the campus later this month led to a scuffle during the presidential debate in JNU on Thursday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 14, 2012 12:42 am

Comments by one of the candidates on the beef and pork festival planned to be held on the campus later this month led to a scuffle during the presidential debate in JNU on Thursday.

The debate ahead of the JNUSU elections was disrupted for more than 20 minutes as statements made by Independent candidate Sandeep Kumar angered students,some of whom ran over barricades and tried to manhandle him.

Sandeep used unparliamentary language against students’ group,The New Materialists,who had announced that a beef and pork festival would be held on the campus later this month.

He also criticised the AISA-led unions’ efforts to collect funds for the Burmese refugees earlier this year and the reservation policy for admissions.

This led some of the students to push through the barricades to reach the stage.

University guards formed a human chain on the stage to stop the students from manhandling election committee members and other presidential candidates who were seated on the stage.

The students refused to leave the stage until Sandeep apologised for “hurting their sentiments.”

Sandeep was not allowed to finish his speech and was made to apologise to the students after the election committee’s intervention.

An eight-member delegation of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad,Bajrang Dal,Akhand Hindusthan Morcha and the ABVP met the JNU Vice-Chancellor S K Sopory on Thursday and submitted a memorandum demanding action against the organisers of the beef and pork festival.

VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal told Newsline that the delegation has given the university time till Friday to debar the candidates from contesting in the elections and also suspending them from the university. “If no action is taken,we will complain to the L-G,” Bansal said.

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