Bengaluru: Amid an uproar by non-BJP parties over the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University students' union president in a sedition case, central minister Ananth Kumar has said the government will take strict action against "anti-nationals."
"The protest at JNU is anti-national and it amounts to betrayal to the country and should be dealt with strictly. Anyone who raises slogans in favour of Afzal Guru and other terrorists, strict action will be initiated against them," Kumar, the Union minister of chemicals and fertilizers, told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Bengaluru.
JNU students' union leader president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in a sedition case over an event held at the varsity campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, drawing flak from the Left and Congress which dubbed it an "Emergency-like" situation and called it "curbing" students' voice.
On the killing of BJP Bihar vice president Visheshwar Ojha on Friday, he said since Nitish Kumar came back to power in alliance with Lalu Prasad's RJD, "jungle raj" has returned to the state with a spurt in incidents of murders and kidnapping.
"Only people's constant agitation can restore order in Bihar," Kumar said.
Ojha was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Friday evening by unidentified assailants in Bhojpur district, the second politician to be killed in 12 hours.
"It is very sad that political leaders belonging to BJP and some others are being killed, and people are getting disturbed," the minister said.
On former prime minister Manmohan Singh flaying Narendra Modi for keeping "quiet" over issues like beef controversy and Dadri lynching, he said it was Congress which had lost the confidence of people during the last Lok Sabha elections where it was reduced to only 44 seats.
"The people rejected the Congress-led UPA government for lack of confidence in its previous rule. Therefore, Manmohan Singh should introspect the performance of his government and then comment on our government," Kumar said....