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JNU’s Afzal Guru issue had the backing of Hafiz Saeed, Rajnath Singh says

JNU’s Afzal Guru issue had the backing of Hafiz Saeed, Rajnath Singh says

New Delhi: Amid a huge faceoff over the Jawaharlal Nehru University controversy, dwelling minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the occasion in the memory of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru had the support of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

“The state must accept the reality the event that happened in JNU had the support of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed. This is unlucky,” Singh told reporters, adding the authorities is not going to stand such “anti-India” actions.

There isn’t any independent verification of that handle belonging to the Pakistani terrorist.

This really is not the very first time the BJP has linked the LeT and the JNU row. Before this week, striking out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders, the BJP alleged that they were talking in the voice of the terror outfit, which was an “insult to the martyrs” and would “boost the morale of anti-national forces”.

“Rahul Gandhi and his buddies are talking in the voice LeT terrorist Hafiz Sayeed, who’d tweeted in support of anti-India occasion in JNU,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

For politicising the matter assaulting the opposition, Rajnath Singh on Sunday said it should refrain from taking political mileage from the problem. “I appeal to all the political parties that whenever such situation appears, where anti-India slogans are lifted, the whole country must talk in a single voice,” he said.

The home minister said anyone found guilty of anti-national actions in the Delhi-based University won’t be spared. On Friday, the Delhi Police detained JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges over the pro-Afzal Guru occasion.

Meanwhile, the university’s lecturers have appealed to the public, not to “label” the university as “anti-national”. The faculty members asserted the internal mechanism of the university looks entirely “subverted” and autonomy of the association stands “conceded”.

“Is not it unfair to label the university as anti-national which has stood as an epitome of professors and democratic culture? Why tarnish its image by calling it a house to anti-nationals?” they inquired in a statement.