BJP President Amit Shah in a blog post hit out at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for extending support to ‘anti-national’ activities that he claims took place at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) last week.
Below is the full text of his blog, as made available by BJP Delhi.
Disappointed and frustrated over the success of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, the Congress party has now entered a phase of deep depression. The despondency in the grand old party is so acute that the Congress party has failed to discharge its role of a responsible opposition in the country.
Given the rising frustration levels, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is unable to draw the distinction between pro-national and anti-national activities. The unfortunate incident at Jawaharlal National University (JNU) cannot be condoned and considered pro-nation by any stretch of imagination. The anti-India sloganeering and open support for terrorists at India’s premier university cannot be accepted by any citizen of this country. To top it, the statements given by Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders in JNU amply demonstrates yet again that they have no regard and love for the nation and its interests.
Just to recap, the following slogans were raised by a bunch of left leaning students at the JNU Campus:
“Pakistan Zindabad“ (पाकिस्तान जिंदाबाद)
“Go India Go Back (गो इंडिया गो बैक)
“Bharat Ki Barbadi Tak Jang Rahegi Jari” (भारत की बरबादी तक जंग रहेगी जारी)
“Kashmir Ki Azadi Tak Jang Rahegi Jari” (कश्मीर की आजादी तक जंग रहेगी जारी)
“Afzal Ham Sharminda Hae Tere Qatil Zinda Hae” (अफ़ज़ल हम शर्मिन्दा है तेरे कातिल ज़िंदा हैं)
“Tum Kitane Afzal Maroge, Har Ghar Se Afzal Nikalega” (तुम कितने अफजल मरोगे, हर घर से अफ़ज़ल निकलेगा)
“Afzal Tere Khoon Se Inqalab Ayega” (अफ़ज़ल तेरे खून से इन्कलाब आयेगा)
It is indeed sad that Rahul Gandhi has been defending such students in the name of democracy. Is this Rahul Gandhi’s idea of nationalism and patriotism where a motley group of students aggressively talks about breaking the nation? By terming sedition as merely students’ revolution and the action taken by authorities against such anti-national stance as a harsh step to curb freedom of expression, Rahul Gandhi has shown his lack of compassion and commitment towards India’s unity and integrity. I want to ask him if his support for such slogans means that he has joined hands with the separatists. Does he want to give a free hand to separatists in the name of freedom of expression and want another division of the country?
This incident at the JNU is nothing but a conspiracy to turn this premier institution of country into a hotbed for separatism and terrorism and bring it a bad name. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi that given the seditious activities at the JNU campus, should the central government have remained a mute spectator? Should such a stance by the central government been in the interest of the nation? Are you not encouraging anti-national forces by supporting such shameful acts of anti-national activities?
During his visit to the JNU campus, Rahul Gandhi compared the current government at the Centre with Hitler’s Germany. Before leveling such ridiculous charge, Rahul Gandhi perhaps forgot that the only period in post independent India when a comparison can be drawn with Hitler’s rule was during Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s imposition of emergency in 1975. The emergency not only crushed freedom of expression but the political opponents of Indira Gandhi were simply thrown into prison. It is rather ironical that Left leaders, who are today finding support from Rahul Gandhi, were also victims of emergency’s assault on freedom and democratic rights. The traits of Hitler’s persona are in Congress party’s DNA and BJP does not need the Congress to lecture it on value of nationalism and democracy. Our political conduct and morals are inspired by India’s rich culture, heritage and centuries of values and ethos while India’s constitution is our guide for governance. I want to know from Rahul Gandhi if the 1975 emergency defines Congress party’s democratic values and doesn’t he find a parallel between Smt. Indira Gandhi and Hitler?
A number of Indian soldiers have been martyred over the years in their untiring effort and display of utmost courage to defend the country’s borders and keep a check on terrorists in Kashmir. During the 2001 terrorist attack on the country’s Parliament, six Delhi Police personnel, two personnel from Parliament’s security and one gardener were martyred. Is this Rahul Gandhi’s example of nationalism and patriotism where he defends those, who raise slogans in favour of Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru and support separatism in Kashmir? I want to ask Rahul Gandhi if this is how he has offered his tribute to the 10 soldiers including Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, who lost their lives while defending the nation at the icy heights of Siachen Glacier, by openly supporting to anti national activities at JNU?
After the BJP government came to power and with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts, we are finally achieving success in controlling the anti-India sentiment in the Kashmir valley. But instead of supporting the government in this crucial task, the Congress party is not only defending but encouraging such shameful activities at JNU. The support of anti-national sloganeering at JNU by those who subscribe to the leftist ideology cannot be accepted at any cost in the name of freedom of expression and progressive thought process.
On behalf of 1.25 billion Indian citizens, I seek responses to my questions from Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and demand that Rahul Gandhi should apologies to the nation for his support to forces inimical to India’s interests.