Rahul Gandhi supporting ‘anti-nationals’, alleges BJP chief

New Delhi (PTI): In a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi over the JNU row, BJP chief Amit Shah today said he had “proved” that national interest had no place in his mind and asked if the Congress vice president had joined hands with separatist forces and wanted another division of India.

Speaking on the raging controversy for the first time, Shah asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul a host of questions and demanded that he apologise for his stand on the JNU issue, saying support to anti-national forces in the name of the Left’s progressive ideology is not acceptable.


The BJP president’s tough stand indicates that the party is willing to slug it out with Congress and other opposition parties over an issue it believes will help reaffirm its nationalist credentials and put the opposition in a corner.

“An attempt was made to defame a leading university in the national capital by turning it into a centre which encourages terrorism and separatism. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi if it would be in national interest had the central government kept quiet?

“Are you not encouraging traitors by protesting in support of these anti-nationals?”, Shah wrote in a blog.

Noting that slogans like ‘Pakistan zindabad’, ‘go India go back’ and those in support of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Kashmir’s independence and India’s destruction were raised in JNU, he wondered if the Congress leader had joined hands with separatists.

“Does he want another division of India by giving a free run to separatists in the name of freedom of expression? The kind of statements the Congress vice president and other leaders of his party have made in JNU have proved again that national interest has no place in their mind,” Shah said.

He said Congress was in despair and frustrated over the success of the Modi government and its leaders were unable to decide how they can play the role of a responsible opposition.

He claimed that Modi government has succeeded in “controlling anti-national sentiments” even in Kashmir but Congress was fuelling the “shameful incident” in JNU despite being the main opposition party.

“I seek answers from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to my questions on behalf of 125 crore countrymen and also demand that Rahul Gandhi apologise to the country for his action,” he said.


  1. Dear readers,

    The Sangh Parivar members, who have been thrust into important positions of authority in the country, are all afflicted with a great desire to exercise their power, never mind the spirit of the constitution and the law.

    Something unprecedented since the Emergency is taking place in India. Debate on almost every subject of significance is being choked off. After the government and Modi bhakts silenced NGOs like Greenpeace for being anti-development and hence “anti-national”, it was natural that the next targets will be all that constitutes civil society.In fact, the Delhi police, under the home ministry, is a professional force and each act is scrutinised by both the government and the media. It doesn’t show such a supine spine towards lumpenism unless it has been told to do so.

    When Padma awards were returned over Akhlaq’s lynching in Dadri, they were told to go to Pakistan for being anti-nationals. When Aamir Khan spoke about the climate of fear, he was told the same. Academicians who opposed the government in anyway were told the same. It seems the government is keen to formalise mob violence as a tool to silence its critics.

    You cannot get a better example of this from the Maharashtra BJP government’s September 2015 order that virtually conflates sedition with any attack on the government itself. In Gujarat, the BJP government has invoked the sedition law against Hardik Patel, who is leading an agitation favouring reservations for the Patel community for sending messages that use “offensive language against the prime minister, the state chief minister and BJP president Amit Shah”. This is the same tendency of using power that lead to the suicide of Rohith Vemula after being expelled by the University of Hyderabad. In that case, too, the ABVP which is leading the charge in JNU, was involved, claiming that Rohith had participated in the protest against the death penalty to Yakub Memon.

    What is really under threat is the Right of the Freedom of Speech guaranteed by our Constitution. By declaring people “anti-national” or “seditious” efforts are being made to abridge these rights.

    Where in the Emergency, the government invoked a provision of the Constitution to deny the right, albeit temporarily, here the effort is to shape the discourse in such a way that any view contrary to that of the Sangh Parivar becomes seditious. So you cannot oppose Afzal Guru or Yakub Memon’s hanging, and nor can you express contempt for the BJP notables.

    Amazingly, this great defence of “nationalism” and “nationalist values” comes from a political ideology which had little role in the national movement that brought freedom to the country. At that time nationalism actually meant something, including the hardship of long terms in prison.

    If you turn the history pages it is BJP government who delivered most wanted terrors in kandahar episode instead of engaging them in Indian side of Punjab.Where was the nationalism has gone when ‘Coffin scam’ was made over the dead soldiers fought to liberate Kargil? Is Modi’s Government which clarified in Rajya Sabha over the Baba Ramdev’s aide meeting Hafiz Saeed saying “directly, indirectly or even remotely” with any journalist meeting Saeed, he said, adding “government has not sanctioned permission to anyone for meeting him (Saeed).”Why the Modi’s Home ministry didn’t pursed the intelligence lapse and imposed a sedition charges against Baba Ramdev and his aide? Why does the Martyr Hemant Karkare investigation on ‘Saffron terror’ are put in cold storage?Is Home ministry is able to clarify on the public prosecutor’s disclosure to ‘go slow’ on saffron terror? Why does there are no ‘anti-national’ charges applicable to Sangh parivar members who fluttered ‘Pakistani flag’ on Indian soil near sindagi,Bijapur?Why the government is silent when Nathuram Godse follower are building temple in his commemoration for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi?

    But it hasn’t dawned on the power-drunk goons of the present regime. From Hyderabad to Pune, Rohtak to Delhi, the violent suppression of criticism and dissent by Modi bhakts bears an ominous warning for all Indians. You are safe as long as you don’t complain. If you complain, you will be crushed.

    Well LK Advani predictions are getting true.There was an emergency in India in 1975.Now ‘sabka saath,sabka vikas government is once again bringing the memories with more vigour.Start up India is stemmed out in the campus politics.

    Jai Hind

  2. So Was it an ABVP/ RSS Game – Who Shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in JNU?
    FEBRUARY 14, 2016
    tags: ABVP, JNU students protest, pro Pakistan slogans, Zee News
    by Aditya Nigam
    While some television channels, through a combination of unethical playing to the gallery (and to the Modi regime), have portrayed ‘JNU students’ as antinational Leftists, Pakistani agents etc, a video has surfaced that has gone viral over social media that allegedly shows identifiable ABVP students shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans.

    The four students who are seen in the video shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans, have been identified as ABVP activists (one of them has even been identified by name as Shruti Agnihotri), seen leading protests elsewhere in ABVP demonstrations.

    It is of course, a question that no one in the electronic media (print was different this time) sought to even ask themselves – as to who would be interested in shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans? This is a purely RSS/ABVP/Hindutva obsession. No Leftist that I know of (and I think I know almost all shades by now) would have any reason to shout something as stupid and meaningless as ‘Pakistan Zindabad’! Now, the exchange below also puts things in perspective.

    We do not of course, vouch for the authenticity of this video. We wait to be refuted and to be told that all this is doctored but the point will still remain, as one of the participants in the exchange below states, what a curious coincidence that only Zee News had access to the video that showed ‘students’ shouting pro-Pakistan slogans!

    Any enquiry into the incident must take into account this video, investigate its authenticity, and take stern measures if it is proved to be accurate.


  3. Dear readers,

    Divisive politics return as Modi eyes make-or-break state vote

    A year before Uttar Pradesh holds a state election that could make or break Modi’s chances of a second term, political opponents, analysts and commentators say his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is re-testing a divisive formula at a by-election on Saturday in a troubled corner of India’s most populous state.

    It was here in Muzaffarnagar, in 2013, that at least 65 people were killed in communal clashes between Hindus and Muslims. Around 12,000 people were driven from their homes in the surrounding villages where farmers grow sugarcane.

    The following year, the BJP won 71 of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in a general election, handing Modi India’s biggest parliamentary majority in three decades.

    Modi must win in Uttar Pradesh, India’s biggest electoral prize, to sustain his hope of one day gaining full control of parliament, where he lacks a majority in the Rajya Sabha that represents the states.

    A victory there would help the 65-year-old leader advance his development agenda by passing land, tax and labour reforms that have been thwarted by the opposition. Defeat could turn his government into a lame duck ahead of the 2019 general election.

    With Modi’s promise of growth and jobs yet to materialise, the temptation to shore up his political base is growing, say political analysts.

    “The party has nothing to boast about on the economic or development front,” said Sanjay Kumar, director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, a New Delhi think-tank specialising in social sciences and opinion research. “If polarisation works, then they will be tempted to replicate it in the 2017 state elections.”

    Party leaders say the BJP is determined to keep its base intact with a message of Hindutva, or the idea that India is a Hindu nation.

    The genesis of divisive politics goes back several decades. Madhavrao Sadashivrao Golwalkar, one of the founding fathers of the right-wing Hindu majoritarian organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), wrote in the 1960s: “Right from Delhi to Rampur and Lucknow, the Muslims are busy hatching a dangerous plot, piling up arms … to strike from within.” In a rather sweeping generalisation, Golwalkar also identified three “internal threats” to India — the Muslims, the Christians and the Communists. Golwalkar’s words carry a lot of weight for his disciples in the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is hoping to form the government at the Centre under the leadership of Narendra Modi, who is perceived by many as a polarising leader.

    Today in Modi’s India none of the community are feeling safe.The development is side tracked and divisive politics in full swing.Narendra Modi’s slogan ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’ remains to be another myth. While destruction of secularism and unity is continued unabated.

    Jai Hind

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