Aam Aadmi Party MP from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann has extended his support to Delhi University girl Gurmehar Kaur and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) are spreading ‘saffronisation’ in educational institutions.
“ABVP has no right to distribute certificates of nationalism. I oppose their actions at DU (Delhi University) and PU (Panjab University). Gurmehar is receiving rape threats on social media by the goons of ABVP. Kaur is the daughter of a martyr and it is shameful for BJP to act like that. They (BJP) have made universities a battle ground of their politics and are saffronising such institutes,” said Mann.
Though Gurmehar, on Tuesday, declared through a Facebook post of withdrawing her campaign which she had started against the ABVP, Mann also tweeted, “Gurmehar, tere khoon mein desh bhakti hai...ham aapke sath hain...u r the pride of country..keep fighting wid enemies like ur dad (sic).”
“I also rang her and her mother up to express my support. I will raise the matter in the Parliament during the next session,” Mann added later.
AAP’s Punjab campaign committee chairman, Mann was in Dhuri on Tuesday to meet party volunteers, who were sitting outside the strongroom under his campaign ‘Jazbe Nu Salam’.
On a question of Dera Sacha Sauda’s support to Shiromani Akali Dal and the murder of two dera followers near Khanna, Mann said: “I condemn any killing in the name of religion. AAP is a secular party and never seeks support on religious ground, but SAD has always played religious card. The jathedars come from Parkash Singh Badal’s pocket and they often give symbolic punishment to SAD leaders who violate religious norms, but create chaos in other cases. Indeed, they used religion as a political tool.”
“According to our principles, AAP never sought any help from radical Sikh organisations or other outfits, but we made a call to all Punjabis to unite to save Punjab,” Mann added.