BJP govt intends to close down JNU: Azam Khan

  • PTI, Rampur
  • Updated: Feb 13, 2016 20:03 IST
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav with UP Cabinet minister Azam Khan. (PTI)

Criticising the Centre over the the arrest of the JNU students union president, Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Saturday said the BJP government is inclined to “closing down” the prestigious institute.

Claiming the charges against Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students were “baseless”, he said BJP’s “hidden agenda” is to “saffronise the educational system and atmosphere”.

“The same attitude is being adopted in case of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University,” he said.

“The students cannot raise voice against their own country and Constitution. It is BJP’s inclination to close down JNU,” the minister said.

He said the action against the students was part of BJP’s “strategy to depute its own agents who opted slogan-mongering”.

JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in connection with an event organised on the campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. There were allegations that anti-India slogans were raised during the event. Kanhaiya is member of CPI’s student wing All India Student Federation (AISF).

Khan said had BJP not received the electoral drubbing in Bihar “some very dangerous events might have emerged”.

In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his stopover in Pakistan, the minister said, “PM had arranged a trip to Pakistan on the advice of a capitalist without taking Parliament into confidence and overlooked the consequences of visiting such a country where even a nine-year-old boy walks with rocket launcher.”

He claimed the visit posed a threat to the PM.

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