BJP shielding anti-nationals: Kejriwal

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused the BJP of shielding those “who raised anti-national slogans” on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus here.

“BJP is most anti-national of all. Why is it shielding those who raised anti-national slogans?” Kejriwal asked in a tweet.

The Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been at loggerheads over several issues, including the JNU row. The AAP has demanded the arrest of the outsiders who raised the anti-national slogans in the varsity campus on February 9.

Following the incident, JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was slapped with sedition charge and was arrested. He was given an interim bail of six months by a Delhi court on March 2.

Two other students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who too were booked under the sedition charge, are still in police custody.


  1. The BJP is not serious about containing Wahabi radicalism. Here is MK Bhadrakumar’s analysis of Saudi-Indian relations.

    Cockburn quotes President Obama: “The Saudis and other Gulf Arabs have funnelled money, and large numbers of imams and teachers, into the country. In the 1990s, the Saudis heavily funded Wahhabist madrassas, seminaries that teach the fundamentalist version of Islam favoured by the Saudi ruling family.”

    Obama was speaking about Indonesia, how that country where he spent part of his childhood – a country that, by the way, enriched itself with the eclectic culture of the Ramayana epic – has become progressively intolerant as the Saudis pumped funds into its madrassas and seminaries to bring about its ‘Wahhabization’. Honestly, is India’s experience any different?

    Clearly, the elites who have compromised with the Saudi regime lack the moral or political courage to tell them where to get off. No American administration has mustered the courage yet to go to the bottom of the known Saudi involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks.

    Indeed, word spreads fast that it pays to be in the good books of the Saudis. That is why when Prime Minister Narendra Modi flaunts his bonhomie with the Sheikhs of the Persian Gulf region and beams his joyous times with them via the television channels across the length and breadth of our country, it conveys a very wrong message.

    India’s position is as vulnerable to the Saudi Wahhabist agenda as Indonesia’s proved to be. The US can at least insulate itself from the grotesque Saudi influence at the cultural level. But India cannot cherry pick. The Saudi influence comes as a package to us, wrapped in greenbacks or gold leaves and we lack the moral courage to learn to live without it.

    It doesn’t need much ingenuity to conjecture that the Saudis must be holding us in sheer contempt as a decadent form of life. Look at their arrogance. With less than a month to go for our prime minister’s visit to that country, King Salman decides to appoint Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif as the commander-in-chief of his newly-formed Islamic Military Alliance. To be sure, the Saudis seem to know our government and our leadership better than we self-respecting Indians ever got to know.

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