JNU again managed to grab highlights with the NSUI students burning down the effigy of BJP leaders and PM Narendra Modi on the eve of Dussehra. The NSUI, which is a Congress backed student party had the faces of PM Narendra Modi, BJP Chief Amit Shah amongst others in the 10 faces of Ravana.
Calling it as a burn down of the Hindu fundamentalist ideology that has been propagated by Modi, the NSUI activists presented Modi and his ministers as the demon. The JNU Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar,Yoga guru Ramdev, Sadhvi Pragya, Nathuram Godse and Asaram Bapu were also one of the faces of the effigy.
The NSUI activists alleged the PM of ‘politicising’ the February 9 incident where JNU students were allegedly found to raise anti-national slogans and supporting Afzal Guru.
While BJP affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) alleged that these acts were planned and inspired after Indian troops carried surgical strikes across LoC, Sunny Dhiman of NSUI said “The effigy-burning was to symbolise our dissatisfaction with the current government. The idea is to root out the evil from governance and bring about a system that is pro-student and pro-people.”
Dhiman was a candidate in the recent Presidential elections at the campus and says that they are not afraid of Modi. He added that whenever students want to protest, they are opposed by the authorities and hence they want to put an end to this ‘rubbish’.
The effigy burning took at a nearby dhaba at the Campus and no official statement came from the University authorities about it.
After facing flak for the action, NSUI has issued notice to its JNU central wing . The disciplinary action has been initiated by the youth party.