Kejriwal, Rahul to meet President today to discuss JNU issue

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 12:01 IST
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday afternoon to discuss the law and order situation after the row over arrest of JNU student union president BS Bassi in a sedition case. (Hindustan Times)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and will meet President Pranab Mukherjee separately on Thursday afternoon to discuss the law and order situation after the row over arrest of JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case.

Accompanied by senior party members and MPs, the Gandhi is expected to highlight the “lawlessness” in Delhi in the wake of Patiala House court attacks and the way the government has handled the JNU row as also the Rohith Vemula suicide and the agitation in FTII in Pune.

On Wednesday, Congress had demanded immediate removal of police commissioner BS Bassi. Citing the attacks at the Patiala House court, Congress had yesterday alleged that “jungle raj” is prevailing in Delhi.

In a separately scheduled meeting, Kejriwal will be accompanied by his cabinet colleagues. “Delhi Cabinet will meet Hon’ble President at 2 pm tomorrow to discuss Delhi law and order situation (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted on Wednesday.

Kejriwal also alleged that Delhi Police is “openly flouting” Supreme Court orders and wondered what instructions Commissioner BS Bassi has from his “bosses” after an attack on Kumar and mediapersons at Patiala Court premises.

The Delhi Chief Minister further said that “Had Delhi Police been under our control, then those raising slogans against Mother India and pseudo patriots goons would have been in jail. They (Centre) are not able to handle both.”

The CM has been demanding that the Centre hand over the Delhi Police to the city government. Last week, the AAP government had ordered a magisterial probe into the alleged shouting of anti-India slogans by a group of students at the JNU .

JNU students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and some journalists were yesterday attacked in a court complex here by rowdy lawyers.

Despite instructions by the apex court to ensure security at the Patiala House Court, where violent men in black robes had attacked journalists on Monday, Delhi Police failed to prevent the attack on Kumar, who has been accused of sedition.

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