Ji whiz: Congress leader Randeep Surjewala addresses Afzal as 'Guruji', says he attacked Supreme Court

Sycophancy, it appears, is so integral to the workings of the Congress that its leaders unthinkingly append ‘ji’ to every name they utter. Even convicted terrorists who have been sent to the gallows for attacking Parliament. Party leader Randeep Surjewala on Monday put this trait on display when he suffixed the honorific to Afzal Guru’s name. Surjewala also displayed a tenuous grasp of contemporary history when he declared that “Guruji” was guilty of attacking the Supreme Court in 2001.

Surjewala, who addressed the media on the ongoing issue of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) row, later apologised for his remarks. He clarified that of the several instances when he referred to Guru, he called him “Guruji” but once, and that this must be considered a “slip of the tongue”.

Meanwhile, the escalating stand-off over the arrest of JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges on Monday saw the students going on strike till he is released.

With rising tensions over the arrest and police action on the campus, JNU teachers will join the strike with the students on Tuesday, CNN-IBN reported.

The teachers on Sunday extended solidarity with the students over the issue. Kanhaiya, who was sent to three days’ police custody, will be produced in court on Monday.

Vice Chancellor Jadesh Kumar appealed to the students to not resort to strikes and protests so that academic functioning of the university is not hampered.

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Updated Date: Feb 15, 2016 18:33:15 IST

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