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Rajnath's linking JNU protest with Hafiz Saeed strange, Kanhaiya not anti-national: Asaduddin Owaisi
Thursday February 18, 2016 7:56 PM, News Network

Asaduddin Owaisi

Local MP and President of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Wednesday expressed surprise over Home Minister Rajnath Singh's attempt to link the ongoing incidents at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) with Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief and alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attack Hafiz Saeed asserting that the students of the country's renowned institution are not anti-national.

"Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh did not even verify whether the Twitter account of Hafiz Saeed was fake or real before rushing to say that the terror mastermind was behind the JNU incident", the Hyderabad MP said while talking to the reporters at party headquarters Darus Salaam.

After pro-Pakistan slogans were raised during a rally on death anniversary of Afzal Guru, Rajnath Singh had accused the JNU students of indulging in anti-national activities at the behest of Hafiz Saeed. Later reports said that the twitter message Rajnath Singh based for his accusation was fake.

Based on some video footage, it is also alleged that some activists of ABVP - BJP's students' wing, in fact raised pro-Pakistan solgans at the JNU rally.

Delhi police however denied these allegations and arrested JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and slapped sedition charges against him.

Owaisi said that even though he had ideological differences with the Communist party to which JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was associated with, the Communists could never be considered anti-nationals.

Citing Supreme Court judgements in cases against Arundhati Roy, Kedarnath and Binayak Sen and others, Owaisi said that the sedition case against JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar would not stand before the court of law.

Stating that the nation was going through a tough phase due to depreciating value of the rupee, declining exports and escalating tensions, Owaisi accused the NDA government of deflecting attention from crucial issues by deliberately using the JNU incident to incite passions across the nation.


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