Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi show solidarity with JNU students at Jantar Mantar

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Arvind Kejriwal speaks at Jantar Mantar at the end of a protest march organised to show solidarity for the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University who have been fighting for the right to free speech. Hundreds of students from University of Hyderabad and Osmania University, and students from universities in the national capital, such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Jamia Milia and Ambedkar University began their march at Ambedkar Bhawan in central Delhi's Jandewalan. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

In his address, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "If Modiji does not mend ways then very soon the youth and students will come together to teach him a lesson." He added, "I had said earlier, 'Modiji students se pange mat lena' (don't mess with students). Otherwise they will rock your government and you won't have a clue." Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Protesters hold up placards with photographs of Rohith Vemula, the University of Hyderabad student who committed suicide earlier this year, and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution. Vemula's mother Radhika and brother Raja also participated in the march. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

This is the second such protest organised in the city. A major protest against the JNU row was organised in the city last week where a large number of students, academia, intellectuals and rights activists had participated. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

In his address, Rahul Gandhi mounted a shrill attack on the Modi government and RSS, accusing them of crushing voices of dissent of college and university students across the country. "We need a law to ensure that students in colleges and universities do not face discrimination and their voice is not stifled," he said. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Accusing the Centre of muzzling the voice of students across universities in the country if they differ with ideology of RSS, Rahul Gandhi said Congress will fight for bringing a law to check such "suppression". He alleged that government was trying to suppress not only the youths but also the Adivasis, Dalits and other weaker sections. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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Rohith Vemula's mother Radhika and brother Raja flank a bust of the late University of Hyderabad scholar. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

Sitharam Yechury addressed the crowd at Jantar Mantar. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost


Updated Date: Feb 23, 2016 23:06 PM

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