CPI-M, Congress to rally in Kolkata against Centre’s handling of JNU row

Kolkata, Feb 14 (IANS) Leaders of the CPI-M and the Congress will on Monday walk shoulder-to-shoulder in a rally here to protest against the Centre’s bid to “propagate the ideology” of the BJP and the RSS with regard to the happenings at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

“We will protest against the way the administration has become active to propagate the ideologies of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The civil society, various political parties, student bodies and youth will walk in a huge rally,” Jadavpur University professor and West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Om Prakash Mishra said here on Sunday.

The rallyists will assemble at College Square, and walk three km up to Dorina Crossing.

Among the leaders who would participate in the rally are Congress leaders Abdul Mannan and Arunava Ghosh, Communist Party of India-Marxist’s Sujon Chakraborty and Ritrabrata Banerjee, and former Kolkata mayor Bikash Bhattacharya.

“The main issue of the rally is freedom of speech and expression which has come under attack at JNU,” said Mishra, a JNU alumnus.

JNU has been on the boil over the arrest of its students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges after some students organised a meet to mourn the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front co-founder Maqbool Bhat. Anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at the gathering.

Delhi Police registered a sedition case on Thursday and arrested Kanhaiya Kumar. He was sent to three days police custody on Friday although he denied raising the slogans.

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