NEW DELHI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was today shown black flags by ABVP at the JNU campus. Gandhi was suppose to meet the protesting JNUSU students, who are agitated over the arrest of their president Kanhaiya Kumar. Kumar was arrested in a sedition case over an event at the varsity campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
People who showed black flag on my face, I feel proud that in my country they have the right to show black flag: @office0ffRG
Here is what Rahul Gandhi said at JNU:
People who showed black flag on my face, I feel proud that in my country they have the right to show black flag in front of my face
They are terrified of weak Indian people raising their voice
They do not understand that by crushing you they are making you stronger
A youngster expressed himself and the government says he is an anti-national
The most anti-national people are the people who are suppressing the voice of this institution
I was in Hyderabad a few days back and these same people or their leaders said that Rohith Vemula was an anti-national
Rahul Gandhi had said Modi government “bullying” an institution like JNU was “completely condemnable”, but at the same time asserted that anti-India sentiment is “unquestionably unacceptable”.
“Modi Govt & ABVP bullying an institution like JNU simply because it won’t toe their line is completely condemnable.
“While Anti-India sentiment is unquestionably unacceptable, the right to dissent & debate is an essential ingredient of democracy”, the Congress Vice President tweeted.
Gandhi’s remarks came within hours of the arrest of JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case over an event at the varsity campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, sparking massive outrage among students and criticism from non-BJP parties which dubbed it as an “emergency-like” situation.
Kumar was arrested and later remanded to three-day police custody by a local court, a day after police filed a sedition and criminal conspiracy case against him on complaints from BJP MP Maheish Girri and ABVP members.
A meeting was organised on Tuesday on the JNU campus where a group of students mourned the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) co-founder Maqbool Bhat and shouted anti-India slogans.