Centre misusing sedition law: Mayawati

Updated - November 17, 2021 04:55 am IST

Published - February 15, 2016 06:26 pm IST - LUCKNOW/Patna

Bahaujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.

Bahaujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.

Terming JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest on charges of sedition a “political conspiracy,” Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Monday accused the Narendra Modi government of misusing the law to target opponents and declare them anti-national.

While raising concerns that the NDA government was “hell-bent on ruining the institution of JNU,” to further the agenda of the RSS, Ms. Mayawati said the Centre was “axing its own foot” by framing students under sedition. “Defaming a prestigious institution like JNU by terming it anti-national is sad and condemnable.” Ms. Mayawati said that Mr. Kumar’s arrest “appears wrong” in the absence of concrete proof, and was executed by the Delhi police under “political pressure.”

Provide evidence: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday broke his silence on the arrest of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is a native of Bihar. He demanded proof for the sedition charges slapped on him by the Centre, while condemning the statements made by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

“I’ve met the JNUSU president and found him to be a true nationalist and one who believes in democratic values. It is unfair to accuse him of sedition. Under pressure from the ABVP, the BJP is trying to impose its ideology on the JNU campus.” No one could question the nationalism of the Left parties, he said.

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