On a day both the central government and Delhi Police came under scathing attack for the complete breakdown of law and order, three office-bearers of JNU unit of ABVP resigned from their posts.
They did so in protest against the central government’s handling of the JNU crisis and how it was perceived to be hell-bent to crush an ideology, different to that of the Sangh.
According to a report by the PTI, these office-bearers of the ABVP, the student wing of the BJP, criticised the saffron party, for “legitimising” actions of right-wing fascist forces.
Pradeep Narwal, Joint Secretary of JNU unit of ABVP, was quoted by PTI news saying that he had quit the party.
Rahul Yadav, President of ABVP unit of JNU’s School of Social Sciences (SSS) and its Secretary Ankit Hans too said they had done the same.
In a joint statement, the three leaders said that there was a difference between “interrogation and crushing ideology and branding entire Left as anti-national.”
They also expressed displeasure over assault on mediapersons and JNU students and teachers in Patiala House Court complex on Monday as well as attack on JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar in the same court complex on Wednesday (17 February).
The statement said, “We are resigning from ABVP and disassociating ourselves from any further activity of the party as per our difference of opinion over the current JNU incident and long-standing difference of opinion with MANUSMIRITI (Smriti Irani) and Rohith Vermula incident.
“Anti-national slogans on February 9 in university campus were very unfortunate and heart breaking. Whosoever responsible for that act must be punished as per the law but the way NDA government is tackling the whole issue, the oppression on professors, repeated attacks on media by lawyers and Kanhaiya Kumar in court premises (today) is unjustifiable,” the statement said.
A senior ABVP leader said told the news agency that the organisation had not received their resignation.
The three students added, “We think there is a difference between interrogation and crushing ideology and branding entire left as anti-national. We cannot be mouthpiece of such a government which has unleashed oppression on student community.
“Every day we see people assemble at front gate with Indian Flag to beat JNU student, well this is hooliganism not nationalism, you can t do anything in the name of nation, there is a difference between nationalism and hooliganism,” it added.
This development will be a huge blow to the central government, which is already facing the wrath of widespread condemnation over the way it allegedly misused its police to crush dissenting voice.