New Delhi: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Shri Subhash Chopra has condemned the brutal lathi-charge on JNU students by the Delhi Police and the steep hike in fees in JNU by the Union Human Resources Development Ministry, which he likened to a Tughlaqi diktat.
Addressing an urgent meeting of student leaders, former presidents/office-bearers of the Delhi University Students Union at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan, here today, to discuss the JNU issue, Shri Chopra stated that the Pradesh Congress was fully behind the JNU students on their demands. Besides Shri Subhash Chopra, prominent others who addressed the meeting were former DUSU president Rocky Tushir, Ragini Nayak, Amrita Dhawan, Neetu Verma Soin, Alka Lamba, Rohit Chaudhary, DUSU secretary Ashish Lamba, CP Mittal, Kamal Kant Sharma, Mangeram Sharma, Jitender Bhagel, Praveen Rana and Akshay Lakra.
Former DUSU president and ex-MLA Shri Harishankar Gupta moved a resolution which was unanimously passed at the meeting. The resolution noted that “the Union Government and the Human Resources Development Ministry should immediately withdraw the fee hike in JNU and action should be taken against the police officials responsible for the brutal lathi-charge on the JNU students who were peacefully protesting in support of their demands”. (A copy of the resolution is attached).
Shri Subhash Chopra, addressing the student leaders, said that the manner in which the police brutally lathi-charged the JNU students at the direction of the Modi Government proves that the BJP Government wants to suppress through force the students’ constitutional right to voice their protest. Shri Chopra said that many students were injured in the police lathi-charge and the JNU administration was acting under pressure from the Modi Government. He alleged that the JNU administration and the police were being ‘saffronized’ by the BJP Government at the Centre. Shri Chopra warned that if the JNU students are not meted out justice, the Delhi Congress will start an agitation in support of their demands.