Are protests against fee hike sedition, questions Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi | April 12, 2017 10:34 PM

The Congress leader has often raised issues concerning the youth and has expressed solidarity with student protests on various campuses across the country.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today wondered if protests by students against fee hike are sedition and if the youth have no right to speak up. His remarks came amid reports that 66 Panjab University students were booked by the Chandigarh Police on sedition charges after protesting against fee hike by the varsity.

“Now protesting against fee hike is also sedition? Do the young have no right to speak in this country?” Gandhi posted on Twitter. The Congress leader has often raised issues concerning the youth and has expressed solidarity with student protests on various campuses across the country.

These include the protests in JNU after some students were booked for sedition and also protests in Hyderabad University following the alleged suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.

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We are punching bag for Rahul Gandhi: RSS

In a dig at Rahul Gandhi, RSS on March 5 said for the Congress Vice President, the Sangh was like a punching bag.
The RSS response to Rahul’s jibes in the Lok Sabha came from Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi, the second in command in the Sangh.

“Rahul Gandhi says RSS is imposing its ideology on people. For him, an organisation like the Sangh is nothing but a punching bag,” he said. On the JNU sedition row, he said the truth will prevail as the matter was before the court, and added that if there were any anti-national activities in JNU campus, these should be sternly death with and stopped.

“If any anti-national activities are taking place in JNU they should be stopped sternly. The matter is before the court and the truth will come out. Such tendencies should not be allowed to grow in centres of education, where quality education should be provided,” he said.

The RSS leader also said there has always been a need to transform Indian society given the constant tension between forces of good and evil.

“Where on the one hand we had great men working to evolve the society we simultaneously had forces working to break the Indian society. “However the greatness of Hindu culture is that our society, unlike others where fatwas and commandments govern social codes, works on the basis of the ideals shown by visionaries,” Joshi said.

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