Tolerance Does Not Mean Accepting 'Anti-national' Slogans in Silence, Says Venkaiah Naidu

The Union minister criticised the Congress and the Left parties for extending moral support to the \'anti-nationals\' who trying to divide the country.

Published: 18th February 2016 07:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th February 2016 07:04 PM   |  A+A-

VISAKHAPATNAM: Amidst uproar over the events at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, Union minister for urban development M Venkaiah Naidu has strongly objected to the political parties like Congress and the Left, supporting the 'anti-nationals' and trying to create controversies over meaningless issues. He stated that the government would never compromise in protecting India's sovereignty and integrity.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the SAMEER Visakhapatnam centre here Thursday, Venkaiah Naidu read out certain slogans allegedly raised by students of JNU including 'Afzal Guru, we will complete your aim', 'Pakistan Zindabad' and 'One Afzal Guru will be born from each house'. "How can we keep silent when such slogans are raised in support of Afzal Guru who was hanged for attacking the Parliament?" he questioned. Further, he went on to add that tolerance is in the blood of Indians but its does not mean that we accept the sloganeering of the 'anti-nationals' in silence.

The Union minister criticised the Congress and the Left parties for extending moral support to the 'anti-nationals' who trying to divide the country on the basis of language, community and other meaningless issues. "Do they wish to complete Afjal Guru's task now? Living in India, breathing Indian air and eating Indian food, they are talking against the country. Is it correct? Some people are trying to divide the country, while others are polluting the young minds in the universities. I wish to say that no country will spare any 'anti-nationals'," he asserted.

Stringent and tough action will be initiated against the 'traitors', Venkaiah Naidu reaffirmed. He urged students across the country to condemn the JNU incident, and also objected to holding of beef festival or cow festival on the university campuses, which he felt were intended to provoke young minds.

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