Shah leads BJP at­tack on Kanhaiya and Rahul

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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