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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a protest rally over Rohith Vemula’s suicide at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: PTI
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a protest rally over Rohith Vemula’s suicide at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo: PTI

Arvind Kejriwal warns Modi govt against war on students

Kejriwal warns Modi against messing with students, says 'they will shake you from your seat'

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday warned the Narendra Modi-led central government against waging war on the students in the country.

“It looks like the central government has decided to attack dalits and Babasaheb Ambedkar. I had said it earlier too. Modiji don’t mess with students. If they get angry, they will shake you from your seat," Kejriwal said.

He added, “The government seems to be at war with the youth."

Kejriwal was addressing a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi over Hyderabad Central University student Rohith Vemula’s suicide and the ongoing situation at the capital’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

“The government started with the Film and Televison Institute of India. The students have been protesting since many months. Are they demanding something wrong? Then, Rohith and his friends were suspended, forcing him to commit suicide. Yesterday, he went to Banaras Hindu University and people showed him black flags. What has happened that the youth who voted him to power have now gone against them," Kejriwal said.

Speaking on the issue of quotas, Kejriwal said, “Even today, in our country, there are certain sections that do not get equal opportunity. We need to give them quotas. I have always been in favour of quotas."

Blaming ministers for pushing Rohith to take his life, Kejriwal said, “...a child was forced to commit suicide by our society and ministers. What is sad is that even today, after a case has been registered, the ministers have not been called for questioning. What sort of politics is this?"

He said that his government is in favour of a law that ensures no political intervention in educational institutions.

Earlier, while addressing protestors, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also attacked the central government for crushing the voice of dissent in colleges across the country. He also came out in support of a law that protects students from discrimination.

“We need a law to ensure that students in colleges and universities do not face discrimination and their voice is not stifled," Gandhi said.

He alleged that the government was trying to suppress not only the youth but also the adivasis, dalits and other weaker sections. “We don’t want an India where an ideology is imposed upon us. We are fighting for it. RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) people want India to have one ideology, but we want an India of multiple voices and multiple ideologies," he said.

PTI contributed to this story.

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