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'We Can't Be Mouthpiece Of Such A Government': Three JNU ABVP Leaders Resign

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 12: ABVP students protest against the organisers of the event on Afzal Guru where anti-national slogans were raised at JNU Campus on February 12, 2016 in New Delhi, India. JNU students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over holding of an event at the prestigious institute against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in 2013. A group of students on Tuesday held an event on the JNU campus and allegedly shouted slogans against India. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

In a surprise twist to the charged atmosphere surrounding the JNU sedition case, three office bearers of BJP's student wing Akhila Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) have quit, saying, "we can't be mouthpiece of such a government".

In a post on his Facebook page this evening, Pradeep Narwal, joint secretary of ABVP, announced he and two other office bearers were quitting ABVP and disassociating themselves from all future activities of the ABVP.


Dear friends,

We, Pradeep, Joint Secretary, ABVP JNU UNIT, Rahul Yadav, President SSS ABVP UNIT and Ankit Hans, Secretary SSS ABVP UNIT resigning from ABVP and disassociating ourselves from any further activity of ABVP as per our difference of opinion due to the following reasons:

1. Current JNU incident.

2. Long standing difference of opinion with party on MANUSMIRITI and Rohith Vermula incident.

Anti-national slogans on Feb. 9 in university campus were very unfortunate and heart breaking. Whosoever responsible for that act must be punished as per the law but the way NDA government tackling the whole issue, the oppression on Professors, repeated lawyer attacks on Media and Kanhaiya kumar in court premises is unjustifiable and we think there is a difference between interrogation and crushing ideology and branding entire left as Anti-national.

People are circulating ‪#‎SHUTDOWNJNU‬ but I think they must circulate ‪#‎SHUTDOWNZEENEWS‬ which has demeaned this world class institution, this biased ZEE news media generalize and related the act done by few people to the whole student community of JNU. JNU is considered as one of the progressive and democratic institution where we can see intermingling of people from lower to upper income strata of the society, notion of equality.

We can’t be mouthpiece of such a govt. which has unleashed oppression on student community, legislature like O P Sharma, govt. which has legitimized the action of right wing fascist forces either in Patiala house court or in front of JNU north gate. Every day we see people assemble at front gate with Indian Flag to beat JNU student, well this is hooliganism not nationalism, you can’t do anything in the name of nation, there is a difference between nationalism and hooliganism.

Anti-India slogans can’t be tolerated in campus or any part of country, JNUSU& some left organization are saying that nothing has happened in the campus but here we want to stress that veiled persons in the event organized by former DSU persons shouted slogans BHARAT TERE TUKADDE HONGE of which there is concrete evidence in videos, so we demand any person responsible for the slogans should be punished as per the law, and in this whole process we also condemn media trial which has culminated in Anti-JNU sentiments throughout the country. Today we all must stand together to save JNU which has given us identity, we need to come across party lines to save reputation of this institution, to save future of JNUites as more than 80% of students don’t belong to any political party so let’s unite to save this JNU culture.



It was the ABVP that protested the alleged shouting of anti-national slogans on the JNU campus on 9 February, which led to the subsequent arrest of student union president Kanhaiya Kumar. He was charged with sedition and his appearance in court on two occasions has led to lawlessness as lawyers have assaulted JNU students, faculty and media in the courtroom.

The unexpected resignation of the ABVP office bearers will come as a surprise to the government, which had thrown its weight behind the ABVP.

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