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Nitish demands proof of sedition charges against JNU students

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. File photo: Ranjeet Kumar   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar -

Breaking his silence over the students’ protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday demanded proof from the Centre for imposing sedition charges against university students, including JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.

"Like others I too demand the proofs of sedition charges against the protesting students... BJP is trying to impose its ideology in JNU", said Mr. Kumar wile addressing media persons in the sidelines of his weekly Janata durbar.

Mr. Kumar further said no one could doubt Left parties’ nationalism.

"I've met the JNU President Kanhaiya ji and he was very clear in his political ideology", said Mr. Kumar.

He charged that since central government has failed on economic and other fronts miserably "it has been doing all this in JNU to divert attention of the nation".

"What action has been taken against those protesting students whose video footage has been uploaded on YouTube", asked Mr. Kumar.

Mr. Kumar said that "JNU has been an educational centre where debates on different political ideologies take place with free mind. But it seems the BJP government is trying to impose its ideology in the campus".

"This way they will lose credibility of people in 2019 in Parliamentary poll", he said further.

Responding to a question Mr. Kumar also clarified that he had never said Ishrat Jahan as "daughter of Bihar".

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