Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Sunday said that JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was an “aberration” and not a hero, while asserting that the Left parties were taking refuge in universities, media and NGOs.
“Left parties have disintegrated in most parts of the world. They have no place in the political scene and as such are moving to the media, universities and NGOs,” Rudy said at a press conference.
“It is through these that they are trying to influence the minds of the people,” he said.
“Kanhaiya is an aberration,” the Union minister of state for skill development and parliamentary affairs said when asked whether Kanhaiya had become a hero with the Left parties planning to make him campaign for their candidates in the coming Assembly polls in West Bengal.
He said that no right-thinking person who believed in nationalism would tolerate the acts and speeches of the JNUSU leader.
Asked if the NDA government at the Centre was mulling any change in laws pertaining to sedition, he said, “There are already enough laws in the country and the final interpretation of these are with the judiciary.”
Referring to the JNU issue, where some student leaders, including Kanhaiya Kumar, were arrested for allegedly raising anti-national slogans at a meeting in JNU campus, the minister said, “The question of tolerance should not be mixed up with anti-national acts, there cannot be any compromise when actions are seditious.”