Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the JNU students union, launched an attack on PM Narendra Modi while addressing a student’s convention in Mumbai on Saturday. Kumar said students will form a united opposition to oust the Modi government in the next parliamentary elections. He also assailed the prime minister for failing to visit Maharashtra’s drought-stricken areas. “I don’t know whether there is an opposition in parliament, but students are very much agitating on the streets. This will now become a mass movement. We will unite the opposition and ensure your defeat in the next elections,” warned Kumar.
He was speaking at Adarsh Sansthan at Chembur, at an event organised by several leftist student organisations. After being turned away from a number of venues, the organisers finally got permission to hold the event at Janata Shikshan Sansthan at Worli.
However, the police said only invitees would be allowed at that venue, a condition that the organisers did not accept. They eventually settled on the Chembur venue – where there was no such restriction – on Friday.
The student leader also took potshots at Modi for his frequent foreign tours, calling him Vasco Da Gama. “It is ironic that Modi has time to travel across the world but not for drought-hit Marathwada,” he said.
He also criticised Modi for failing to fulfill his election promises. “Modi should fulfil the promises he made to the people. We will be not swayed by stunts like [references to] his 56-inch chest,” he added.
Kumar said a national convention of students will be held in Delhi next month, at which an elaborate agitation programme will be chalked out. “Students across the country will coordinate and agitate in their respective states. They have realised they have no alternative way to fight against fascist forces,” he added.
Kumar will travel to Pune on Sunday, where he will address a public meeting at the Balgandharva auditorium.