New Delhi, Feb.14 (ANI): The Congress Party on Sunday hit out at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s claim that the JNU event was supported by LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, and said that the Centre should come out with evidence before making such serious allegations.
“This is the first time that a Union Minister is dubbing a university as anti-national and saying that the university is getting support from Hafiz Saeed,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told ANI.
“It is a very serious charge. The Union Government should come out with evidence before making such allegations,” he added.
He also said that the issue, which is pertinent issue concerning students and the nation, will be raised in the Parliament.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today said that Singh’s statement was based on inputs from ‘different agencies’.
Earlier in the day, Singh had said the anti-national protests in the JNU campus had the backing of Hafiz Saeed.
“I also want to make it clear that the JNU incident has the support of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. We should also understand this reality that Hafiz Saeed has supported this incident and it is extremely unfortunate,” he told the media here.
Singh further said that his government would not pardon all those who have raised slogans against the nation’s integrity.
The Home Minister told the CPI (M), CPI and JD (U) members, who met him yesterday seeking the releasing of JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar that the court would decide whether further action should be taken against those students arrested.
Kanhaiya was arrested on Friday on sedition charges over a protest organized in the JNU campus on February 9 against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. (ANI)