JNU Row: BJP To Stand Its Ground 'Very Aggressively' In Parliament

17/02/2016 1:23 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Indian demonstrators shout slogans during a rally against the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) in New Delhi on February 12, 2016. demonstrators were protesting against what they say were 'undemocratic slogans' chanted during an event, against the hanging of Afzal Guru, convicted of a 2001 attack on India's Parliament. AFP PHOTO / Chandan KHANNA / AFP / Chandan Khanna (Photo credit should read CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- BJP has decided to strongly put forth its stand on JNU incident and also raise the testimony of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley during the upcoming Parliament session to counter opposition onslaught by firing up a debate over its core theme of nationalism.

Party leaders said a decision has been taken to raise the Jawaharlal Nehru University row "very aggressively" in Parliament as they believe that there is no reason for the party to be "defensive" about the development and there is support for its stand on the issue among the masses.

The party is also launching a three-day 'Jan Swabhimaan Abhiyan' (campaign for peoples' self-pride) starting tomorrow in which party leaders and workers will try to build up public opinion against the alleged anti-national activities in the central varsity and in support of action against people involved in it.

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As part of its attempt to bring focus on the issue of nationalism, party leaders said the recent sacrifices made by soldiers in Siachen will also be highlighted across the country.

"The idea is to highlight the party's stand on the issue very aggressively from Parliament to the streets. We have a strong and consistent stand on what has happened in JNU and there is no reason for the party leaders to be defensive about the development," sources said.

Headley's deposition that Ishrat Jahan, who was killed in an alleged fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004, was a Laskar-e -Taiba (LeT) operative will also come handy for the saffron party in cornering Congress, which has made it clear that it will target the treasury benches over a host of issues, including Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide, "intolerance" and the status of economy, during the Budget session beginning on February 23.

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