As per media reports, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of Congress, on October 11 burnt an effigy with 10 heads that included those of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Baba Ramdev and their own Vice-Chancellor, inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
The prime minister and others were projected as Ravana.
Besides Modi and Shah, the effigy had faces of Yoga guru Ramdev, Sadhvi Pragya, Nathuram Godse, Asaram Bapu and JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar.
A day after the incident, JNU administration said it is investigating the matter. Last week, the university administration ordered an inquiry into the effigy-burning of the Gujarat government and “gau-rakshaks” on campus and had sent show-cause notices to the students who had conducted the event.
NSUI members claimed that it was a protest against the Centre’s “failure” in honouring its promises and the continuous attacks on various educational institutions across the country.
They said the effigy-burning was to root out the evil from governance.
The students also came down heavily on what they call “anti-student policies” and the decision of the university administration to muzzle dissenting voices on campus.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain, condemned the incident and said “The Congress has come down to cheap activity” and added the country will never pardon the Congress party for insulting the leaders whom the nation loved.
In India, burning the effigy of Indian PM like this is condemnable and a case must be filed against them, BJP spokesperson said.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi must apologise for this act as it is not at all acceptable, he said and added police will act on this issue.