Attacking Congress and the Left for making politics with an event that was clearly anti-national, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said- what happened on February 9 in JNU was not free speech but a hate speech and certainly both are different. “ Afzal Guru, the convict in Parliament attack case was awarded capital punishment by the apex court. But his death was described as ‘judicial killing’ at the JNU event. This is atrocious and indefensible” he said.
accused the opposition of giving respectability to those who “talk of breaking up India.” “Neither the NDA or BJP professes only one ideology should prevail in this country,” he said.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said “On the issue of secularism and nationalism, you (BJP) stay in a glass palace. We stay in a safe stone house…if we throw even one stone, the whole glass palace will fall.”
Earlier, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, who began the debate, said- “In the name of that (nationalism) to penalise the university as a whole. That I think is unfortunate, and added, “You don’t have to teach us patriotism,” attacking Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Education Minister Smriti Irani for their speeches in a similar debate in the Lok Sabha yesterday.