Two senior BJP leaders and former students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), MP Udit Raj and convenor of the party’s journals and publications Shiv Shakti Bakshi, Tuesday said they didn’t agree with claims about JNU campus being a centre of “anti-national activities”.
At a press conference, Udit Raj, Bakshi and other members of the EX-JNUites Forum expressed their concern about the current controversy over the university.
“We do not concur with the claim that JNU is a campus of anti-national activity. This is a claim being made only by some sections of the party. It is an institution with a rich intellectual history that has produced many great people that the country should be proud of. We, as ex-students, want to be clear that we condemn only the actions of those who engaged in anti-national sloganeering and not the university as a whole,” said Udit Raj. He added that everyone should cooperate with the police investigation.
“Innocent students have been facing problems because of a few students… I have heard of several students who stay in Munirka on rent, who are being asked to vacate because their landlords are suspicious of the activity of students from JNU. This is not something that innocent students should have to deal with,” he added.
Shiv Shakti Bakshi said, “The incident in JNU should not be seen in isolation. It is not that a handful of students that have come out and raised slogans by mistake. Such incidents are part of a larger design to weaken India and mislead the younger generation. A proper investigation should be conducted and this conspiracy should be fully exposed. As an ex-student, I feel ashamed that the university has been given such a poor name.”