JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar faced protests by BJP workers in Jallandhar on September 27.
Kanhaiya Kumar is the key speaker at the Mela Ghadri Babeyan Da to be held at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall (DBYH) in Jallandhar.
Prior to his arrival, various organisations held a sit-in protest in front of the hall. Those participated include ABVP, Bajrang Goraksha Dal, Dharm Prasar, Chatra Sewa Sangh, Hind Kranti Dal, Yuva Hindu Brigade, Sai Sewa Society, Shiv Sena Bal Thakrey and Bharat Swabhiman Trust.
To disperse the protesters, the police have to use mild force and took 20-25 protesters to police station. The police have also intensified the security inside and outside the hall.
While the DBYH has traditionally been the hub of intellectuals and thinkers in the district, every year the programe features a prominent intellectual voice often holding a left of centre opinions or ideology. While this year Kanhaiya and his friends will speak to the city audience, the mela has earlier introduced Jalandhar to the likes of Arundhati Roy, Sanjay Kak and Shamsul Islam.
Kanhaiya Kumar was invited by The Aam Aadmi Volunteer Front, formed by disgruntled leaders and workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Punjab, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
President of the front Summit Singh Bhular said besides JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, AAP MP from Patiala, and Dr Daljit Singh, and JNU professor Chaman Lal will also be present on the occasion.
A documentary film made on Shaheed Bhagat Singh by a Pakistani documentary film-maker, Hafeez Channchad, would also be screened.
The two-day mela this year will be dedicated to the First Supplementary Movement, Lahore Conspiracy Case, Burma Conspiracy Case and the Centenary of Ghadri Martyrdoms (1916– 2016).
During the fair, the entire complex of the DBYH would be named as ‘Ghadar Shahdatan Di Shatabdi Nagar’. Former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, was arrested in February this year in a sedition case over an event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. He is out on bail in a sedition case.
Kanhaiya has been extremely critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has recently said that PM Modi is not the country, Rastriya Swayam Sangh (RSS) is not the Parliament and Manusmriti is not the Constitution – so we do not follow their ideology and will oppose them tooth and nail.
Kumar has said that it is unfortunate that our Prime Minister is selling SIM now days. He is not concerned about development but seems more concerned about his dress. “Sometimes I get confused that is he (Modi) our Prime Minister or Paridhaan Minister,” he said.