Hundreds of students from RSS-backed ABVP today staged a protest march in DU to reflect the the varsity’s “nationalistic sentiments” and affirm that they will not allow any “anti-national” activities on campus.
The ABVP had put up posters with photographs claiming them to be from the “violence perpetrated by the Communists” in various parts of the country.
‘DU against intellectual terrorism’, ‘Rapist AISA go back’, ‘DU against anti-nationals’ were few of the slogans written on the posters which drew sharp reactions from Left-affiliated groups.
“There is a conspiracy to poison the environment at DU, like they did at JNU and we will not allow that. This march was in response to the recent march of Left-groups and to give them a message that DU has nationalist sentiments,” ABVP’s National Media Convener Saket Bahuguna said.
Defending the posters, Bahuguna said, “People are saying that the images on the posters are horrific but imagine the torture the families of these men, who were killed by the Communist goons, had to face”.
The march came in the wake of recent violence at Ramjas cancel where ABVP and AISA clashed over cancellation of a seminar invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid.
Chanting slogans of “Vande Matram” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, the protesters started the march from the university’s Arts faculty and after detouring the North campus with a Tricolour, the march culminated at the same place.
Reacting to the posters, Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA) said, “ABVP resorts to hate mongering by putting provocative hoardings on campus trying to justify the violence unleashed on Ramjas campus”.
Slogans for ‘azaadi’ and ‘cheeky ABVP why so creepy’, had echoed in the DU campus on Tuesday during an anti-ABVP march joined by over 2,000 students and teachers against “onslaught” on universities and “curb” on dissent.
Students, teachers and non-teaching staff from various universities including JNU, Jamia and Ambedkar University, participated in the protest march.