Hitting out at BJP, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal today said social activist Anna Hazare never had to threaten people to chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'.
“I remember the Anna andolan. I used to be on the stage with Annaji at Ramleela Maidan (in Delhi). He used to give one call for’Bharat Mata Ki’ and the entire country used to respond with ‘Jai’,” Kejriwal said during a public meeting here where AAP began its campaign for the Goa Assembly elections scheduled in 2017.
“He never had to threaten people to say it (Bharat Mata ki Jai). People used to say it from the heart,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.
“Annaji used to say it once and the entire nation used to join him wholeheartedly irrespective of any religion. This is true patriotism,” he added.
“Now some people have taken a contract of patriotism. They threaten people to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’,” he said.
Kejriwal also alleged that the BJP-led central government was trying to ruin various educational institutions across the country.
“JNU is in bad shape. Hyderabad university (Hyderabad Central University) has become a war zone. The Centre is also hell bent in taking away minority status from Aligarh University and Jamia Milia varsity,” he alleged.
Referring to the February 9 incident at JNU, Kejriwal accused BJP of “planting youths in the university campus to start riots”.
“In JNU, five youths came, raised anti-national slogans and ran away. (Narendra) Modi-led government used it as an excuse and cracked down on JNU,” he alleged.
“Why are you (the Centre) not arresting five youths who had raised slogans against the country. Modi government has Army, para-military force, Intelligence Bureau, RAW, CBI, ACB and Delhi Police but despite this they can’t arrest five youths. Their videos are there, their pictures are there,” he said.
“They can be identified but till date they have not been arrested. Everyone suspects that they were planted by BJP to start riots in JNU,” Kejriwal alleged.