Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi accused the government of trying to stifle his voice in the Lok Sabha as he tried to speak on behalf of students of this country. Government is fearing with my presence, he remarked outside Parliament. BJP President Amit Shah said asked Rahul to clarify his party’s position on whether the country should support democracy or traitors, terrorists like Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon.
Earlier during the course of heated debate, Anurag Thakur of BJP has wondered whether Sonia Gandhi is actually supporting Afzal Guru. She should clarify her position first, he said. “Is it not true that Afzal Guru’s posters were unveiled in JNU? Was it not a fact that a huge meeting was conducted in memory of the departed terrorist? How can Rahul support people who raised anti-national slogans” he asked. Countering him, Jyothiraditya Scindia said Home Minister Rajnath Singh has made an irresponsible statement that the meeting was the handiwork of Syed Hafiz Sayeed. Government is least bothered about the sentiments of students. Not even a single dalit has been included in the panel to probe Rohit Vemula suicide, he said.
Leader of the Opposition Mallikharjuna Kharge later clarified that the party never supported anti-national elements. We oppose intolerance, we oppose branding innocent students as traitors and arresting them with sedition charges, he said.