JNU row, Dalit scholar sui­cide rock Par­lia­ment

BUD­GET SES­SION Cong says govt crush­ing voices of dis­sent; BJP hits back

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Par­lia­ment wit­nessed an ac­ri­mo­nious de­bate on Wed­nes­day over the JNU row and the sui­cide of Dalit scholar Ro­hith Vem­ula, with the Op­po­si­tion ac­cus­ing the govern­ment of “mer­ci­lessly crush­ing” the prin­ci­ples of democ­racy and the rul­ing side jus­ti­fy­ing the ac­tion against stu­dents.

The charged dis­cus­sion saw the en­tire House, in­clud­ing the Congress and the Left, con­demn­ing the al­leged shout­ing of anti­na­tional slo­gans in the univer­sity cam­pus though the BJP at­tacked Rahul Gandhi for his visit to JNU to ex­press sol­i­dar­ity with ar­rested stu­dent leader Kanhaiya Ku­mar.

Ini­ti­at­ing the de­bate in the Lok Sabha, Congress chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia ac­cused the govern­ment of fos­ter­ing “an at­mos­phere of in­tol­er­ance” and “crush­ing any voice of dis­sent” against the BJP and the RSS.

“This govern­ment’s phi­los­o­phy is ei­ther my way or the high­way,” Scindia said, as he led a fierce at­tack on the govern­ment and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on the two is­sues that had trig­gered a bit­ter political slugfest be­tween the rul­ing coali­tion and the Op­po­si­tion on univer­sity cam­puses and else­where.

At­tack­ing Modi, Scindia said the PM had given the mantra of four Ds: democ­racy, de­mog­ra­phy, de­mand and dereg­u­la­tion. “But in the name of democ­racy, free­dom of ex­pres­sion has been muz­zled, our youth are on the roads in the case of de­mog­ra­phy, farm­ers are com­mit­ting sui­cide in the name of de­mand and the in­de­pen­dence of univer­si­ties is be­ing crushed in the name of dereg­u­la­tion,” the Guna MP said.

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(Above) Congress V-P Rahul Gandhi out­side Par­lia­ment. (Right) PM Naren­dra Modi ar­rives for the ses­sion.

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