JNU row: Cong takes fight against Govt to President

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee during a meeting with Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi and his party delegation at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, February 18, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee during a meeting with Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi and his party delegation at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, February 18, 2016.
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Congress party has taken the battle against BJP-led Centre over JNU row to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. A delegation of the principal opposition party, led by its vice president Rahul Gandhi, met President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday afternoon registering its strong protest against the police action in the varsity last week.

Flaying central government for both the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and violence at Patiala House court where several journalists, JNU students and teachers were attacked, Gandhi sought President’s intervention to “check the state of lawlessness and subversion of democratic rights”.

“It is not the Government’s job to destroy our educational institutions and crush expression of all students. Across the country, RSS is trying to impose a flawed ideology on the students of this country,” he told the press after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee.

Taking on the incumbent Modi government further, Rahul alleged that students are being “bullied and intimidate” across the country.

“As the patron of Universities, we call upon you to protect their freedom and uphold the values that built our nation,” the delegation told.

He was accompanied with Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, the delegation included Leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarun Kharge, Deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma besides senior leaders Shiela Dixit, Randeep Surjewala Ajay Maken and Manish Tewari.

New Delhi: A lawyer, center, who spoke to the media supporting JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar, is beaten up by other lawyers outside Patiala House Courts in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: A lawyer, center, who spoke to the media supporting JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar, is beaten up by other lawyers outside Patiala House Courts in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016.
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The Congress party delegation was especially scathing on the failure of Delhi Police in containing the violence at Patiala House court, even after the strict directive from the apex court.

“The country is gripped in a serious crisis… The scenes of utter lawlessness playing out on the premises of the court in the heart of the capital are an affront to the democratic ideals of the country” they said.

“Such lawlessness in defiance of a Supreme Court directive on two occasions by the same set of people, some of whom are identified with the ruling dispensation…,” their memorandum further read.

There were reports that Congress may also press for the dismissal of Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi, whose handing of the crisis has come under considerable criticism. The principal opposition party though, didn’t particularly targeted Bassi, it raised questions over the police inaction, especially at Patiala House court.

“This is sending a very, very bad signal not only in this country but also abroad. It is damaging India’s image and is putting a blot on it,” Gandhi said.

Speaking to the reporters after his meeting with the President, Rahul Gandhi responded to BJP Chief Amit Shah’s criticism, who had flayed him for supporting the ‘anti-nationals’.

“Nationalism is in my blood. I have seen my family sacrifice again and again and again for this nation,” Gandhi asserted.