Congress MP, Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday slammed Delhi police for arresting the JNSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar because he opposed the RSS ideology.
Speaking on what constituted sedition, he said that Delhi Police had arrested Kanhaiya just because he had defeated the ABVP candidate in the students’ body elections.
He said, “Opposing RSS ideology is not sedition..Delhi Police arrested Kanhaiya Kumar just because he had defeated the ABVP candidate.”
No sooner had he finished making his point, the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan intejected saying, ‘baar baar RSS ka naam lene ki zaroorat nahi hai (There’s no need to make reference to RSS that often). You can make your point even without mentioning the RSS.”
Scindia expressed his shock that a BJP MLA was blatantly allowed to take the law in his hands before boasting about his act.
Mahajan once again remarked that the Congress MP shouldn’t have taken Sharma’s name.
BJP’s Anurag Thakur asked why Rahul Gandhi had gone to meet the JNU students protesting the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar.
Trinamool Conress’ Sugata Bose said he agreed with Kanhaiya Kumar on many things and he also disagreed with some points after watching his speech on YouTube.
“I agreed with him on his admiration for Ambedkar. I also agreed with him on his praise for revolutionaries such as Bhagat Singh, Ashfaqullah and Raj Guru. Kanhaiya said that the RSS didn’t take part in the freedom movement. There too, I agreed with him.
“I would have, however, told him that the communists too had at some crucial times betrayed the freedom movement.
“Those who are defining nationalism so narrowly will one day end up declaring even Rabindranath Tagore, someone who wrote our national anthem, as anti national.
“There are many laws, that need to be repealed and the law on sedition is one of them. This law was enacted by the British to prosecute freedom fighters.”
Tathagata Satpathy of BJD also launched a stinging attack against the NDA government on the sedition debate.
He said, “People of India are in double minds. They supported you once. The way Delhi Police remained mute spectators in the face of brutal violence by lawyers, the way your home minister started quoting a fake tweet, you brought the severe loss of confidence upon yourself. Nobody is questioning your patriotism. They are only questioning your double-standard. Delhi police reports to you,” he said.
He said that Afzal Guru was not what was bothering Modi government, but the failure in governance had prompted it to take a shelter behind students’ agitation and Jat reservation stir.
Samajwadi Party chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav, said that people ought to have respected the verdict of Supreme Court on Afzal Guru adding that there must be a thorough investigation on anti-national slogans chanted in JNU.
“Anybody who chanted anti-India slogans must never been forgiven,” he said.