JAMMU: Separatist leaders in the Valley on Friday reacted sharply to the police action on…
DELHI:The government indicated on Tuesday it was willing to discuss a raging political row over a police crackdown at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, but protests continued against right-wing violence and sedition charges leveled on student leaders.
Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the budget session could discuss “all issues” after Opposition leaders raised concerns over growing campus protests at an all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The government is ready to walk the extra mile,” Naidu said, seeking to douse protests sparked by the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU student union president accused of making a seditious speech on the campus where alleged anti-India slogans were shouted.
At the meeting, finance minister Arun Jaitley defended the police action against the students, offering to show opposition leaders video clippings of “alarming” slogans shouted on the JNU campus, sources said.
When Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the party would never support “anti-national” slogans, Jaitley offered to show a clipping of Rahul Gandhi’s speech telling JNU students that those who suppressed their voices were anti-national.
The government offer came on a day JNU teachers boycotted classes in support of striking students and hundreds of journalists hit the streets to protest Monday’s attack on reporters and teachers by lawyers linked to the BJP outside a Delhi court.
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The journalists submitted a memorandum against the violence to the Chief Justice of India. Also, the Supreme Court will hear a plea against the attack on reporters on Wednesday, amid an outpouring of support for JNU from academics from around 400 foreign universities, including Harvard and Yale.
The police haven’t arrested anyone for beating up the journalists, despite cameras capturing Delhi BJP legislator OP Sharma hitting a CPI leader.