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ABVP holds rally in Delhi against ‘anti-nationals’

Amid chants of “vande mataram”, ABVP members today marched through the heart of the city denouncing “anti-nationals” and demanding strong action against JNU students who had allegedly said “anti-India” slogans.

delhi Updated: Feb 24, 2016 19:28 IST
Activists from the right-wing Indian student organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) listen to a speech of their leaders at a protest against students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Activists from the right-wing Indian student organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) listen to a speech of their leaders at a protest against students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).(AFP Photo)

Amid chants of “vande mataram”, ABVP members on Wednesday marched through the heart of the city denouncing “anti-nationals” and demanding strong action against JNU students who had allegedly said “anti-India” slogans.

The slogan-shouting RSS’ student wing leaders and volunteers, with several wrapped in saffron flags and wielding the tricolour, marched down from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar, partially affecting traffic on the Tolstoy Road.

Carrying placards with slogans like “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, “Bharat Ma ka Ye Apmaan, Nahin Sahega Hindustan” and “Kashmir Bharat ka Abbhin Aang hai”, the protesters also chanted “Agar Hindustan mein rehna hoga, Vande Mataram kehna hoga” (One who wants to live in Hindustan must chant Vandemataram).

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A “150 m-long” national flag was also carried by volunteers who had come to join the rally from different parts of the country, including Baghpat and Sonepat.

Some slogans like -- “Na Marxwad, Na Maowad, sabse upar Rastravad” (Marxism and Maoism is not above Nationalism)-- sought to counter the Left.

A few others like “Maowad ki kabra khudegi, JNU ki dharti par” directly attacked JNU, which for the last couple of weeks has been in an eye of a storm over holding of a controversial event in the campus on February 9 in which it is alleged that anti-national slogans were raised.

Addressing the rally at Jantar Mantar, ABVP’s National General Secretary Vinay Bidre condemned the controversial event held against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

“We cannot tolerate anyone raising slogans that threaten the unity of the country. ABVP shall not tolerate such anti- national forces,” he said.

“We demand strict action against all those students involved in raising anti-national slogans in the campus,” Bidre said.

Senior ABVP leader Saket Bahuguna alleged, “Anti-national activities led by the Left in JNU have vitiated the atmosphere of the university. This anti-national sloganeering should have been unanimously condemned in Parliament, but some parties are debating over it.”

“We demand that it be condemned in Parliament. And, if not then we will take this protest to other parts of India and the streets will be filled with national flags,” he said.