Union parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar should join a political party if he is interested in politics.
“He is enjoying the publicity. What is there? The question is let him condemn those slogans and distance himself from that. Let him help the authorities to see that such activities are curbed in the university,” Naidu told ANI.
“They must study and stay away from politics. If they are interested in politics, they can leave studies and join politics. He can join any political party. His favourite party is now in single digit in the Parliament. Let him join that party. Let him not use the garb of students and students union to take up the cause of Afzal guru, Yakub Memon and Maqbool Bhatt. All these three people are anti-nationals,” he added.
Kanhaiya, who was released on Thursday evening after being granted a six-month interim bail by the Delhi high court, led a scathing attack on the BJP-led NDA regime at the Centre in his speech at the JNU campus.
“I am not asking for freedom from India, I am asking for freedom in India,” he said.
“I have many differences with the Prime Minister but I agree with his tweet - Satyameva Jayate. I also say Satyameva Jayate, the truth shall triumph, because it belongs to the country and the Constitution,” he added.
The 28-year-old said that he saluted the soldiers guarding the country and said the attack on JNU to de-legitimise the Occupy UGC movement and prevent justice for Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.
“The attack on JNU is an organised attack because you want to delegitimise the “Occupy UGC” movement, because you want to stop the fight for getting justice for Rohith Vemula,” said Kumar.