As the controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur's social media campaign, against ABVP, continues, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri today took a fresh jibe at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
As the controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur’s social media campaign, against ABVP, continues, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri today took a fresh jibe at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Over Parrikar’s remark to support freedom of expression within legal restrictions, the CPI(M) leader questioned who defines the Defense Minister’s ‘legal restrictions’ and his whims and fancies. Yechuri further stated that restrictions are defined only by our constitution.
Days back violence erupted at the Ramjas college of the Delhi University, as right-wing ABVP opposed the invitation of JNU student Umar Khalid at a seminar in the college. Following the violence, Kargil martyr’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur, started a social media campaign stating that she is not scared of the ABVP. Over her campaign, Gurmehar received several threats and had also been trolled by celebrity figures like Virender Sehwag, Randeep Hooda. Trolling the DU student over a video she shared last year, saying that ‘Pakistan didn’t kill my father, war killed him’, Virendra Sehwag trolled her saying, ‘i didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did’.
Continuing the rant against the DU student, while Union minister Kiran Rijiju condemned violence on student campus, the BJP Haryana minister, Anil Vij said that those supporting Gurmehar Kaur were pro-Pakistan, therefore such people should be thrown out of the country. This is after Gurmehar Kaur backed off from the stir after being threatened. Yogeshwar Dutt expressed another opinion today by saying, “I am not against Gurmehar Kaur, I respect her, she is the daughter of a Shaheed, I just have a different view”.
Meanwhile, ABVP had claimed that the violence among the students was intrigued by left wing parties. Further claiming that the speech of JNU student Umar Khalid was actively opposed by the DU students, the ABVP members stated that they won’t tolerate anti-national slogans in their campus and will protest and fight against it. Addressing the media, Ankit Sangwan, an ABVP member alleged the Left of vandalism and spreading anti-national propaganda at the Delhi University campus.