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Political parties should’t get involved: RSS ideologue on JNU row

JNU protests Updated: Feb 18, 2016 20:39 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times
JNU row

RSS ideologue MG Vaidya on Thursday targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying that by going to the JNU campus and supporting the students’ action he has lowered the image of the century-old party.(PTI)

The former Bouddhik pramukh and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue MG Vaidya on Thursday targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying that by going to the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus and supporting the students’ action he has lowered the image of the century-old party.

Even as journalists and other people were again attacked inside the Patiala House court premises in defiance of Apex court order, Vaidya said that any kind of violence was unacceptable, but anti-national slogans raised by the students were equally unpardonable.

“Political parties should not get involved in such incident. Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon were hanged on the basis of court verdicts and not on the wishes of a particular political party,” he pointed out and asserted that by supporting the students, who were raising anti-national slogans and saying that ‘war against India would go on till country is destroyed,’ Rahul has damaged his own party.

However, Vaidya condemned the lawyers who were involved in beating and attacking the journalists and activists, gathered at the Patiala House court. “This is not the way to oppose such elements,” he rued.

Vaidya’s son, Dr Manmohan Vaidya, who is the national prachar pramukh of the RSS, said the JNU incident is of grave concern and justified the Delhi Police action. The junior Vaidya said instead of condemning and demanding strict action against anti-national activities some political leaders are condoning this act.

He asked how could the nation justify such an act where instead of studying, students are getting involved in anti-national activity and some teachers are supporting the action. “It is serious matter and no country in the world would allow it” he said.

Almost all important leaders at RSS headquarters described JNU as a hub of “anti-national” lobbies and justified the government’s action. How can Indians tolerate such anti-national activities and that too in a prestigious university campus which is a temple of learning. The pro-Maoist students there also celebrated the massacre of 70-odd CRPF troopers in a rebel attack in Bastar of Chhattisgarh in 2010, they pointed out.

The senior RSS leader, who preferred anonymity, also said that those who raised slogans in support of Pakistan and Afzal are “traitors” and justified the Delhi police action to charge them with sedition. He said that students participating in such sloganeering must be dealt with strictly.