Agartala, Feb 26 (ANI): Left parties took out a protest demonstration here over police action against Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and demanded unconditional release of those arrested and the withdrawal of the sedition case against them.
According to the protester, BJP functionaries are openly threatening democracy and the right to debate and dissent thereby weakening the very foundations of Indian constitutional rights.
Led by CPI(M) state secretary Bijon Dhar along with leader of the Left Front – CPI, RSP and Forward Block, cadres demonstrated protest against police action in the JNU case and saffronization of higher education by the BJP lead NDA government at the centre.
“Against the fascistic attack of the central government and the JNU administrative body and it is for protecting the constitutional right of right to expression which is being attacked by the BJP led central government. This is a part of conspiracy of formation of Hindu nation,” said Dhar.
When asked if his party supported the ‘anti-national slogans’ allegedly raised in the JNU Dhar categorically said that there is no question of supporting ‘anti-India slogan’
“I think you have heard already the student union leaders and the student union itself they condemned this type of anti-national slogan. So the problem you see when Hitler launched attack against Leftist, Communists and Socialist then there was a campaign that the Parliament Reichstag was burned by the Communist and then crackdown was there. This type of falsehood is going on so we must be careful as they can do anything. Even in our state we must be prepared to face all these odds,” he added.
The protesters raised slogans against the ‘hate campaign’ targeting students and Left parties.
They charged that NDA wants to capture universities and run them like RSS shakhas, which is the designs of the BJP party and its affiliates.
The protesters demanded withdrawal of the cases of sedition and immediate unconditional release of all JNU students who have been arrested following a protest on their campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru where anti -national slogans were allegedly raised.
The protesters also raised slogans against ‘saffronization of universities’ and asked democratic forces to get united to resist the onslaught of ‘communalism’.
The Left parties are campaigning throughout the country in defence of people’s constitutional rights which according to them are under attack by the RSS-BJP. (ANI)