New Delhi:National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress party, has taken responsibility for burning effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, projecting him as ‘Ravan’, inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus recently. According to reports, members of the Congress-affiliated students’ body celebrated Dussehra on Tuesday night by burning the effigy of PM Modi, claiming that it was a protest against the Centre’s “failure” in honouring its promises and the continuous attacks on various educational institutions across the country.
Besides Modi and Shah, the effigy had faces of Yoga guru Ramdev, Sadhvi Pragya, Nathuram Godse, Asaram Bapu and JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar. The students also carried placards with the slogan, ‘Truth shall prevail over evil’. “The effigy-burning was to symbolise our dissatisfaction with the current government. The idea is to root out the evil from governance and bring about a system that is pro-student and pro-people,” said Sunny Diman, an NSUI activist and the outfit’s candidate in the recently-concluded JNUSU polls.
A video of the act was posted on Facebook and YouTube after which it became a rage on the social media. On the occasion, the students also shouted objectionable slogans. The Congress party has distanced itself from the incident, saying that it does not endorse objectionable language but has every right to raise topics concerning the nation. Delhi BJP general secretary Ashish Sood has strongly condemned the incident and questioned the intention of the opposition party. However, a probe has been ordered in this regard.
It may be recalled that JNU has been in the headlines over alleged anti-establishment student activities.
The students of JNU had on February 9 this year held a demonstration inside their campus against the capital punishment given to Afzal Guru and Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat.
Guru was convict in 2001 Parliament attack.
The organizers of the event were ex-members of the Democratic Students Union (DSU) and it was held despite the University administration withdrawing permission for the event.