BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday trained his guns at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi again asking him to clarify whether he justified alleged anti-India slogans raised on JNU campus in the name of freedom of speech.
“I want to know whether such seditious slogans can be passed as free speech,” Shah asked party cadre after inaugurating the new-look party headquarters in Lucknow.
Gandhi and his Congress party have come out in support of students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University who are protesting the arrest of their comrades on sedition charges over an event to protest Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s execution three years ago.
“For six days, I have been asking Rahul Gandhi. But he is yet to reply. Now, I would request the media too to seek an answer from Rahul Gandhi on this,” he said.
Shah said the Narendra Modi government would come down strongly on anyone raising anti-India slogans.
On Wednesday, Shah had demanded that political parties, particularly Congress, make their stand clear on the anti-national slogans allegedly raised in JNU.
“Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi should clarify their party’s stand on whether raising anti-India slogans was justified or it was anti-national (‘deshdroh’). Please don’t stoop so low for vote bank politics,” he had said while addressing a public meeting at Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh.
Three students, including JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, have been arrested and three more are wanted by Delhi Police for their alleged role in the event.