Shah leads BJP attack on Kanhaiya and Rahul
BJP president Amit Shah waded into a raging row over nationalism on Saturday, choosing a youth event to attack Rahul Gandhi for supporting the students of JNU that is now the centre of a bruising political debate over free speech.
Shah’s first reaction to the controversy, sparked by the arrest of the university’s student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges, is seen as an attempt to ratchet up the rhetoric on nationalism ahead of assembly elections in four states starting next month, and in UP that goes to the polls early next year. “A strange atmosphere has been created. Anti-national slogans are being projected as freedom of expression...Congress should be ashamed that its vice-president goes to the campus and says these (slogans) should be heard as there is freedom of expression,” Shah told members of the party’s youth wing.