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Penalising JNU students vindictive: Left

The issue of rustication of three Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and slapping of fine on student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was raised in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday by the Left parties, which termed the action as vindictive and vengeful.

Penalising JNU students vindictive: Left
File photo of Kanhiya Kumar (PTI)

New Delhi

When the House started proceedings after some new members took oath and the listed papers were laid on the table, Tapan Kumar Sen (CPI-M) said he had given notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to raise the ‘serious issue’ of ‘arrogant’ and ‘anti-democratic’ actions by JNU authorities. 

He termed the rustication of Umar Khalid for one semester, Anirban Bhattacharya till July 15 and Kashmir student Mujeeb Gattoo for two semesters as well as the Rs 10,000 fine on Kanhaiya Kumar as ‘vindictive and vengeful’ action taken in an ‘unjust manner’. 

“This is part of government’s project to tamper with the rights of citizens... In the name of Constitution, they are tampering with the Constitution itself,” Sen said. 

D Raja (CPI) said Parliament cannot remain a mute spectator to the university rusticating students in a vindictive manner on the basis of ‘doctored and false’ videos.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien expunged certain remarks of Raja against the university saying since its representatives cannot defend themselves, such harsh words should not be used. 

Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “we totally support whatever our colleagues have said.” 

Anand Sharma (Congress) said, “We are worried how the atmosphere other university is being vitiated.” The Chair could not give a ruling on the notice, as Congress members disrupted proceedings over dismissal of their party’s government in Uttrakhand, leading to adjournment of the House.

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