Finally BJP is seeing the faux pas cracking up within the party with the three top ABVP leaders on JNU campus alleging third-degree methods on JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar before he was presented in Patiala Courts on Wednesday, where he was manhandled in front of the police though Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi denies it.
Without any evidence, without any report from the intelligence agencies about Kanhaiya Kumar raising anti-India slogans, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi claimed that there was “adequate evidence” to slap sedition charges against the JNUSU president. Once the statement from Kanhaiya Kumar was in his hands, he has put it up on Twitter and reportedly told the media that the objective "was to tell other JNU students not to indulge in such activities."
Now that the Supreme Court asserted that it was the police chief’s personal responsibility to ensure Mr. Kumar’s safety, more skeletons are coming out of the whole mismanaged saga of JNU incident. Three office-bearers of JNU unit of ABVP resigned protesting the Centre’s mishandling of the incident and "legitimising" fascist forces. They said JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was first "badly beaten up" and then transported carefully to Tihar Jail for 14 days of judicial custody.
While JNU students and teachers are fear-stricken owing to what happened in Patiala Courts despite the Supreme Court’s orders on Wednesday, some professors have resolved to take up lessons on "nationalism" that BJP and ABVP have repeatedly uttered in their slogans and speeches.
JNU students are still on strike demanding release of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar amid frequent Delhi police searches inside the campus. Now that JNU students, journalists and teachers were beaten up in Patiala court by some pro-BJP lawyers, every morning Munirka villagers and goondas are seen outside the JNU gate with Indian flags and shouting anti-JNU sloagans and waiting for their chance to repeat the same bashing up drama.
The three ABVP students who resigned in disgust over the developments include, Pradeep Narwal, Joint Secretary of JNU unit of ABVP, Rahul Yadav, President of ABVP unit of JNU’s School of Social Sciences (SSS) unit and its Secretary Ankit Hans. "No one hacked my account, it was me who posted that. Jisne galat kiya, jinhoone galat slogan lagaye (anti India) should be given punishment as per the law not whole JNU student community," said Narwal.
"We are resigning from ABVP and disassociating ourselves from any further activity of the party as per our difference of opinion over the current JNU incident and long standing difference of opinion with MANUSMIRITI (Smriti Irani) and Rohith Vemula incident," they said in a statement. Anti-national slogans on February 9 in university campus were "very unfortunate and heart breaking", they said and added that whosoever responsible must be punished as per the law but "the way NDA government is tackling the whole issue, the oppression on professors, repeated attacks on media by lawyers and Kanhaiya Kumar in court premises is unjustifiable."
"Every day we see people assemble at front gate with Indian Flag to beat JNU student, well this is hooliganism not nationalism, you can’t do anything in the name of nation, there is a difference between nationalism and hooliganism," it added.
Now that questions are being raised against Centre’s vendetta against JNU students, The Times of India in its report said the "veiled persons shouting anti national slogans" during the protest sparked off government action, without identifying who they are. The video posted on Firstpost raised eye-brows of many asking how it could be sedition if one speaks in clear terms owing allegiance to the Constitution.
"Is this sedition?" wrote eminent lawyer Fali Nariman in The Indian Express. "Mere expressions of hate, and even contempt for one’s government, are not sedition. When a person is dubbed “anti-Indian”, it is distasteful to India’s citizenry, but then to be “anti-Indian” is not a criminal offence, and it is definitely not “sedition”."
The three students further said, "We think there is a difference between interrogation and crushing ideology and branding entire left as anti-national. We cannot be mouthpiece of such a government which has unleashed oppression on student community.
Here is the full text of Pradeep Narwal’s letter:
We, Pradeep, Joint Secretary, ABVP JNU UNIT, Rahul Yadav, President SSS ABVP UNIT and Ankit Hans, Secretary SSS ABVP UNIT resigning from ABVP and disassociating ourselves from any further activity of ABVP as per our difference of opinion due to the following reasons:
1. Current JNU incident.
2. Long standing difference of opinion with party on MANUSMIRITI and Rohith Vermula incident.
Anti-national slogans on Feb. 9 in university campus were very unfortunate and heart breaking. Whosoever responsible for that act must be punished as per the law but the way NDA government tackling the whole issue, the oppression on Professors, repeated lawyer attacks on Media and Kanhaiya kumar in court premises is unjustifiable and we think there is a difference between interrogation and crushing ideology and branding entire left as Anti-national.
People are circulating #SHUTDOWNJNU but I think they must circulate #SHUTDOWNZEENEWS which has demeaned this world class institution, this biased ZEE news media generalize and related the act done by few people to the whole student community of JNU. JNU is considered as one of the progressive and democratic institution where we can see intermingling of people from lower to upper income strata of the society, notion of equality.
We can’t be mouthpiece of such a govt. which has unleashed oppression on student community, legislature like O P Sharma, govt. which has legitimized the action of right wing fascist forces either in Patiala house court or in front of JNU north gate. Every day we see people assemble at front gate with Indian Flag to beat JNU student, well this is hooliganism not nationalism, you can’t do anything in the name of nation, there is a difference between nationalism and hooliganism.
Anti-India slogans can’t be tolerated in campus or any part of country, JNUSU& some left organization are saying that nothing has happened in the campus but here we want to stress that veiled persons in the event organized by former DSU persons shouted slogans BHARAT TERE TUKADDE HONGE of which there is concrete evidence in videos, so we demand any person responsible for the slogans should be punished as per the law, and in this whole process we also condemn media trial which has culminated in Anti-JNU sentiments throughout the country. Today we all must stand together to save JNU which has given us identity, we need to come across party lines to save reputation of this institution, to save future of JNUites as more than 80% of students don’t belong to any political party so let’s unite to save this JNU culture.
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