Opposition members raise campus violence issue in RS

SansadTV Bureau

The recent incident of violence in college campuses was raised by Rajya Sabha members when the house convened on Friday.

FILE: New Delhi: Congress members protesting in Rajya Sabha. Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: Congress members protesting in Rajya Sabha.
Photo – PTI

Raiding the matters of importance in zero hour opposition members spoke of the incidents of violence in universities.

CPI member D Raja raised the matter and said that right wing forces working within the universities.

“There is an increasing attack on Freedom of through, expression …. There are some forces working in Universities that have taken authority in their hand to do certain things….”Raja said adding that there is growing tension in campuses.

Sitaram Yechury who gave a suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over ABVP & Ramjas college incident too joined D Raja and demanded a discussion on the incident.

“All universities have been established by the acts of Parliament , we have a direct bearing on colleges..”, said Yechury

Members from AIADMK raised their demand seeking a CBI probe into the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Making a statement on the Lucknow encounter in Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said eight people had been apprehended in the recent terror cases in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh which will now be investigated by the National Investigating Agency (NIA).

Home Minster said Saifullah’s father was a testimony to the fact that no true countryman, whichever religion he practised, could endorse such activities.

“He (Sartaj) refused to take terrorist Saifullah’s body. The entire country is proud of him,” Singh said, leading to thumping of desks by members of the House who expressed solidarity with Saifullah’s father.

Singh, while making a statement, said the whole country was proud of slain terrorist Mohammad Saifullah’s father Sartaj and his sentiments that “a traitor cannot be my son” should be lauded by everyone.

However, opposition party’s demand for clarifications was turned down by the deputy chairman PJ Kurien who said a detailed discussion will be held next week.