NEW DELHI: The Congress Party on Saturday alleged that members of BJP’s student wing Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) attacked deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, in the JNU campus, when he visited the varsity along with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that the attitude of the ABVP goons reflected the mindset of Prime Minister Modi’s Government and the BJP, which wants to shutdown JNU.
“Today is a black day for India’s democracy. Deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Shri Anand Sharma and a senior Congress leader were publically attacked by government protected ABVP goons at JNU campus in Delhi. We condemn this cowardly attack in the strongest possible words,” Congress leader Randeep Surjewala told media here.
“They want to shut down JNU by a conspiracy hatched by the RSS. They want to take away civil rights of the students by brute force of hooligans protected by Delhi Police,” he added.
Amid the ongoing controversy following the arrest of JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Gandhi visited the varsity’s campus along with several Congress and opposition leaders.
In his address to students, he launched a scathing attack on the BJP and said that most anti-national people are those suppressing the voices of students.
He also lambasted the Centre over JNUSU president arrest, saying it is terrified of people raising their voices.
His remarks came after the arrest of JNU students' union president Kumar in a sedition case over a protest event at the campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, which sparked massive outrage among students.