JNU row: 'There should be no Taliban culture in India', say ABVP, wants life imprisonment for Kanhaiya Kumar

There should be no Taliban culture in India and the law should be allowed to take its course, say ABVP office-bearers who have resigned from the party in protest against the Centre's handling of the raging row at JNU and "legitimising" actions of right wing fascist forces.

"JNU is the most nationalist institution in the country. I do not support the government's stand over the issue. Let
Supreme Court find Kanhaiya guilty and award him life imprisonment. But let the law take its course. There should be no 'Taliban culture' in India," said Pradeep Narwal, former Joint Secretary of JNU unit of ABVP. Pradeep Narwal, Joint Secretary of JNU unit of ABVP, Rahul Yadav, President of ABVP unit of JNU's School of Social Sciences (SSS) and its Secretary Ankit Hans, had yesterday resigned from the BJP student wing, saying they "cannot be mouthpiece of such a government which has unleashed oppression on student community".

JNU row: There should be no Taliban culture in India, say ABVP, wants life imprisonment for Kanhaiya Kumar

ABVP party members. AFP

"We are going to fight for JNU. If law find Kanhaiya guilty, let him be punished. If Umar Khalid is guilty he should be jailed. But do not attack the entire university, students and teachers. Let there be space for voices of dissent," he added.

Ankit Hans, said, "We had ideological differences with the party over the issue so we decided to disassociate ourselves. We want to stand for the university as students and not political leaders of an outfit, whose stand is not acceptable to us".

While the ABVP senior leaders are claiming that the three students have been "influenced" to protest against the party and divert the whole issue, Hans said, "This is our individual decision. We have not done this under anybody's influence. In a hard-hitting resignation letter, the trio had yesterday said, "We think there is a difference between interrogation and crushing ideology and branding entire left as anti-national. We cannot be mouthpiece of such a government which has unleashed oppression on student community.

"Every day we see people assemble at front gate with Indian Flag to beat JNU student, well this is hooliganism not nationalism, you can’t do anything in the name of nation, there is a difference between nationalism and hooliganism". The three students, however, maintained that they will not join the ongoing strike by the students demanding release of JNUSU President Kumar.

Narwal believes that anti-national slogans aren't acceptable and those who participate in such acts must be punished by the law, reported Hindustan TimesHe further added that while the NDA is not tackling the issue as it should be, the attack on journalists and Kanhaiya Kumar isn't justified.

The report further stated the members from various student bodies condemned the anti-India slogans but supported Kanhaiya when he was arrested and later charged with sedition. Narwal further stated in the report that it was certain 'veiled persons' who were seen shouting anti-national slogans and that they should be punished as deemed suitable under the law.

The three members of ABVP who resigned have no intentions of participating in the protest demanding Kumar's release, said the report.

Narwal also condemned the media, one news channel in particular, saying the #SHUTDOWNJNU idea is atrocious and believes that his university is "considered as one of the progressive and democratic institution where we can see intermingling of people from lower to upper income strata of the society, notion of equality," revealed the report.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Feb 18, 2016 14:19:00 IST

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