Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Saturday lashed out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for backing JNU students and asked whether raising ‘anti-national’ slogans was freedom of speech and expression.
“A different kind of environment is being created in the country wherein anti-national slogans are being raised on the name of freedom of expression. In one of the universities of New Delhi (JNU), slogans about the destruction of India were raised,” Shah said while speaking at the national convention of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in Mathura.
“The Congress should feel ashamed. The vice-president of the Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi, goes there and says that these students should be listened. He says that students have the right to speech and they should be allowed to speak,” he added.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Shobha Oza launched a counter attack on the BJP president and said that he was labelling wrong allegations on Rahul Gandhi.
“He should be ashamed for labelling wrong allegations on Rahul Gandhi. If he thinks that he can mislead the country then he should answer that why his government is supporting Godse, isn’t it anti-national?” Oza told ANI.
“The Congress vice-president supported the students of the JNU, but he never supported ‘anti national’ activity,” she added.
The Congress vice-president had on February 13 visited the JNU campus to support the students after Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly raising ‘anti-national’ slogans at an event held in the campus on February 9 to commemorate 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.