In the backdrop of a countrywide debate on nationalism, firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath on Saturday hit out at JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and said Jinnahs would not be allowed to take birth in the educational institutions of India.
If such elements were born in premier institutions, they would be buried, he warned.
Asking Kumar to refrain from hailing terrorists like Afzal Guru who was hanged for the 2001 Parliament attack, Adityanath said the freedom of speech had limitations.
The MP made his remark while replying to questions from the media at Gorakhnath temple, of which he is the chief priest, on Saturday.
“Those(Kanhiaya) who are out of jail must understand that it is only interim bail for six months . They must consider the conditions on which the court has released them. Let us patiently wait for six months by which time the court will decide on the issue,” he said . He denied that the BJP-led government at the centre was working with a mala fide intent.
“The BJP is not against any individual. But the students should refrain from hailing people like Afzal Guru, who had targeted Parliament, in the name of freedom of speech and expression,” he said.
“Whatever is happening inside the JNU is condemnable. What is more condemnable is the fact that the teachers of the university are also involved in these activities. It is very shameful,” Adityanath said.
Adityanath’s comments come close on the heels of BJP Yuva Morcha leader Pardesh Kuldeep Varshney’s announcement of a reward of Rs 5 lakh for cutting off JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar’s tongue.
Speaking to the media a day after he was released from Tihar Jail after he was charged for sedition, Kanhaiya Kumar had thanked everyone who supported him and alleged that a conspiracy was afoot to malign the JNU campus and its students.
Asserting that the JNU students can never be anti-national, he added that he was part of the fight to not let those succeed who use the Constitution as a tool against those who raise their voices for nationalism.
Talking about Afzal Guru, Kumar had clearly stated that the Parliament attack convict was not his hero and it was Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula who looked up to.
“Afzal Guru was a citizen of this nation, he was from Jammu and Kashmir and the law punished him. He is not an icon for me, Rohith Vemula is. There will be a Rohith Vemula in every house,” Kanhaiya Kumar had said.
(With inputs from agencies)