Members of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Thursday defaced walls at the Jaipur residence of BJP MLA Kailash Chaudhary, who had on Wednes-day called Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi a “traitor” and said he should be “hanged” and “shot” for siding with “anti-national” students at Delhi’s Jawah-arlal Nehru University (JNU).
Angered at the MLA’s statement, the NSUI workers raised slogans outside the MLA’s residence and burnt his effigy. The MLA from Barmer’s Baytoo constituency was not present at his residence. At a farmers’ gathering in his constituency Wednesday, the MLA had said, “Rahul Gandhi is a traitor, such a traitor should be punished… should be hanged and shot.”
NSUI members, numbering nearly 40-50, smeared “Rahul Gandhi zindabad” on the walls of the house in black. NSUI state secretary Nemi Gurjar demanded that Chaudhary be arrested for his comments.
State Congress president Sachin Pilot said that such statements “are damaging the social fabric of the nation”. He said opposing the BJP’s policies doesn’t mean one is opposing the nation.
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“The BJP is moulding the definition of nationalism to satiate its vote bank. The nation has elected the BJP to govern, not force its ideology on them,” Pilot said, terming the BJP’s three-day nationwide Jan Swabhiman campaign “for nation’s unity”, which began Thursday, “laughable.”
On Thursday, two complaints — one against Rahul Gandhi, JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others, and another against BJP president Amit Shah and MLA Kailash Chaudhary— were submitted with local courts in Jaipur. The complaint against Rahul Gandhi was filed by Jaipur resident Manoj Ojha and will be heard on February 22. The complaint against BJP MLA Chaudhary by one Rohitash Mishra of Jaipur, will be heard on February 25.