Row over holding an event marking the anniversary of Afzal Guru at Jawaharlal Nehur University in Delhi has escalated as BJP accused Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of speaking in the voice of a terrorist.
Earlier, Rahul criticised the BJP government, accusing it of “bullying” the prestigious institution which is known as breeding ground for Indian left leaning politics.
“The right to dissent and debate is an essential ingredient of democracy,” said Mr. Gandhi via Twitter.
Mr. Gandhi was cautious with his reaction on JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest since it came in the light of recent pro-Pakistan sloganeering on campus, which the BJP government construed as seditious.
Mr. Kumar was arrested on Friday and sent to three-day police custody. Police filed a sedition case against him on complaints from BJP MP Maheish Girri and ABVP members. Sitaram Yechuri, General Secretary of CPI(M) has demanded the release of Mr Kumar. Mr Yechuri along with his colleague D Raja visited the campus today and expressed solidarity with the agitating students. He castigated Modi government of being intolerant.
Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders who have criticised the arrest of a JNU student leader, BJP alleged that they were speaking in the voice of terror outfit LeT .“Rahul Gandhi and his friends are speaking in the voice of LeT terrorist Hafiz Sayeed who had tweeted in support of anti-India event in JNU. It is an insult to our martyrs and armed forces who sacrifice their lives on the border and will boost the morale of anti-national forces – Srikanth Sharma, BJP General secretary criticized.