BJP toughens stand on JNU; Questions Rahul, Sonia

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah. Photo-PTI

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah.

The ruling BJP has upped its ante against the principal opposition party over the row in JNU. Party chief Amit Shah on Monday took on the Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi over his stand on the raging issue. Gandhi had visited JNU campus on Saturday as protest against the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar intensified. In his blog, Amit Shah said that Rahul Gandhi’s participation in the protest had “proved” that national interest had no place in his mind.

“An attempt was made to defame a leading university in the national capital by turning it into a centre which encourages terrorism and separatism. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi if it would be in national interest had the central government kept quiet?” Shah wrote on Monday.

“Are you not encouraging traitors by protesting in support of these anti-nationals?” he questioned the Congress party deputy leader.

On Saturday, expressing solidarity with the agitating students at JNU, Rahul Gandhi had strongly taken on the Central government, accusing them of “suppressing” the voice of the students.

“People who suppress voice of this institute are anti-national. They are trying to crush the voice of the youth. I was in Hyderabad a few days back and these same people or their leaders said that Rohith Vemula was an anti-national,” Gandhi had said.

Rahul-Gandhi-presser-Parl-1Amid the counter-protest by the ABVP, whose cadres shown him black flags, Gandhi had told the students “don’t let those bullies push you around. When they look inside themselves, what they see is fear. They are scared. They are terrified. They are terrified of poor, weak Indian people getting voice”.

Reacting strongly, BJP chief Amit Shah has now questioned Rahul as well as Congress president Sonia Gandhi even demanding former’s apology saying support to anti-national forces in the name of the Left’s progressive ideology is not acceptable.

“I seek answers from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to my questions on behalf of 125 crore countrymen and also demand that Rahul Gandhi apologise to the country for his action,” wrote Shah.

“The kind of statements the Congress vice president and other leaders of his party have made in JNU have proved again that national interest has no place in their mind,” he added.

Shah’s tough stand, as reflected in his blog, lends an indication that the ruling party is preparing itself for a stiff face-off with Congress and other opposition parties over the issue. Incidentally, Shah’s stand has come soon after Congress party made it clear that it would raise the issue on the floor of Parliament in the upcoming budget session.

(With inputs from the PTI)