Top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday have apparently decided on an aggressive strategy to counter the Opposition in Parliament regarding the Jawaharlal Nehru University row and the Dalit PhD student’s suicide in Hyderabad University.
Sources said the BJP parliamentary executive committee met on Tuesday evening to plan the party’s counter as the issue is likely to be discussed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. It also expected to come up in the Lok Sabha on Thursday when the railway budget is presented.
Leaders have also been briefed on the legal aspects of both controversies by finance minister Arun Jaitley, the sources added. The ruling government found itself in a tight spot over both issues as is still dealing with the fall out.
Rajya Sabha member Bhupendra Yadav is likely to be the first speaker from BJP as he has been dealing with these issues within the party.
JNU has been on the boil after a police crackdown on students accused of shouting anti-India slogans, while Hyderabad Central University had erupted into protests against alleged harassment of Dalit students following the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula on January 17, who was one of the five suspended for clashing with an Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad leader.
The Congress and the left parties had earlier demanded a debate on these issues.
Following the BJP’s parliamentary executive committee meet, NDA leaders also sat down to discuss the matter with party president Amit Shah.