File Photo: PTI
File Photo: PTI

There should be no Taliban culture in India and the law should be allowed to take its
course, say ABVP office-bearers who have resigned from the party in protest against the Centre’s handling of the raging row at JNU and “legitimising” actions of right wing fascist

“JNU is the most nationalist institution in the country. I do not support the government’s stand over the issue. Let Supreme Court find Kanhaiya guilty and award him life imprisonment. But let the law take its course. There should be no ‘Taliban culture’ in India,” said Pradeep Narwal, former Joint Secretary of JNU unit of ABVP.

Pradeep Narwal, Joint Secretary of JNU unit of ABVP, said he has quit the party. Rahul Yadav, President of ABVP unit of JNU’s School of Social Sciences (SSS) and its Secretary Ankit Hans have also said they have quit.

Pradeep Narwal, Joint Secretary of JNU unit of ABVP, Rahul Yadav, President of ABVP unit of JNU’s School of Social Sciences (SSS) and its Secretary Ankit Hans, resigned from the BJP student wing on Wednesday, saying they “cannot be mouthpiece of such a government which has unleashed oppression on student community”.

They also expressed deep anguish over assault on mediapersons and JNU students and teachers in Patiala House Court complex on Monday as well as attack on JNUSU President
Kanhaiya Kumar in the same court complex today, alleging that the government was “legitimising” the action of right wing fascist forces.

“We are resigning from ABVP and disassociating ourselves from any further activity of the party as per our difference of opinion over the current JNU incident and long standing difference of opinion with MANUSMIRITI (Smriti Irani) and Rohith Vermula incident.

“Anti-national slogans on February 9 in university campus were very unfortunate and heart breaking. Whosoever responsible for that act must be punished as per the law but the way NDA government is tackling the whole issue, the oppression on professors, repeated attacks on media by lawyers and Kanhaiya Kumar in court premises (today) is unjustifiable,” the statement said.

When contacted, a senior ABVP leader said the organisation has not received their resignation.

The three students further said, “We think there is a difference between interrogation and crushing ideology and branding entire left as anti-national. We cannot be mouthpiece of such a government which has unleashed oppression on student community.

“Every day we see people assemble at front gate with Indian Flag to beat JNU student, well this is hooliganism not nationalism, you can’t do anything in the name of nation, there is a difference between nationalism and hooliganism,” it added.

The JNU students are on strike demanding release of JNUSU President Kumar. He was arrested on Friday last in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy  registered over holding of the event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.

Members of the ABVP had objected to holding of the event following which Vice Chancellor had withdrawn the permission for it. However, the organisers had gone ahead with the event.