Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday lambasted BJP MLA,OP Sharma, from Vishwas Nagar in Delhi, led supporters of the saffron party for mercilessly thrashing up students, faculty of the Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) along with several journalists inside the premises of Patiala house court complex yesterday afternoon.AAP, President, Punjab youth wing, Harjot Singh Bains said it was shocking to see Sharma, the lawmaker, behaving like a street goon leading a pack of hooligans to thrash the JNU students and teachers. Some of the goons were wearing black gowns disguised as advocates didn't even spare the scribes who had gone to cover the protest of the JNU students.The JNU students were protesting the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on the charges of sedition slapped by Delhi police for shouting anti India slogans. Bains said it was equally disturbing to hear Sharma threatening on the television screens that if he had the gun he would have shot the JNU president.
Bains said that the BJP didn't dare to act against its alliance partner PDP in Jammu & Kashmir who hail Afzal Guru as a martyr. These are sheer double standards of the BJP. Bains said neither Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh nor the Delhi police have so far been able to produce any evidence of Kumar raising any anti India slogans. “In fact there is a video which shows some of the ABVP activist shouting anti India slogans", said Bains adding that the entire episode looked like a deep rooted conspiracy. Bains said the BJP and its sister outfits, time and again are trying to break the secular and social fabric of the universities and also attempting to communalize the highest institutes of learning. “The saffron party wants to muzzle the voices of the students if they say anything against the BJP ideology", said Bains while adding that the AAP would not let such elements spoil the temples of learning.
Bains said universities encourage dialogue, debates and discussions on varied issues and such a hard stance of the BJP only show the saffron party in poor light. “The BJP has once again proved that it is a party of intolerant leaders who can go to any extent to divide people on communal lines", said Bains.Bains said the AAP would fully support the cause of the students and the faculty of the JNU who were only holding peaceful protests against the state repression which is their democratic right. Similarly the AAP would extend complete support to journalistic fraternity who have been beaten up for simply discharging their duty, said Bains.