Opposition slams action on JNU students in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha on Tuesday observed serious criticism from the opposition parties over the rustication of three students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Raising the issue, CPI-M member Tapan Kumar Sen described the punitive action of the JNU the “most arrogant, anti-democratic act being patronised by the government”.

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“Rusticating them, debarring them for five years and thereby taking vengeance against their educational career in a very unjust manner – this is a part of this government’s project,” Sen said.

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury sought a proper debate on the issue.

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CPI leader D. Raja also raised the issue.

“This house cannot be a mute spectator when such things are happening in JNU. This is very vindictive, revengeful action,” Raja said.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said that the universities are autonomous.

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Yechury countered that statement, saying the university has been established by an act of parliament.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad supported the Left leaders in decrying the punitive action taken by the university.

“Universities’ atmosphere is being vitiated. It is the HRD ministry which is responsible,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said.

The JNU on Monday fined students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and rusticated three other students including Umar Khalid for taking part in an event to commemorate parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

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