BJP ally Shiv Sena has come out in support of JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, and indicated that the BJP is alienating the youth of the country.
On April 24, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray attacked the Modi government for branding JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar as “anti-national” and slapping a sedition case on him.
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray mid-day
Thackeray said Kanhiya is not anti-national.
“Who gave birth to Kanhaiya, Hardik Patel and Rohith Vemula? The government should ponder over it,” Sena chief asked.
He said India has a large population of youth and instead of guiding them, the central government is “misleading” them.
When Hardik Patel, the Patel quota stir spearhead, became popular, he was charged with sedition, and now Kumar is fighting against the government, he said.
Hardik Patel tehelka
Thackeray told party workers that he would take a call on whether the alliance with the BJP would continue in the future.
“This alliance was founded on the issue of Hindutva. However, that issues seems to have been kept on the backburner. If this issue is set aside, an alliance with the BJP will not happen,” he added.
The Sena leader’s remarks come at a time, when Kanhaiya has alleged that a co-passenger tried to “strangle” him inside an aircraft before a flight from Mumbai to Pune.
Kanhaiya was subsequently offloaded from the plane by the airline staff on safety ground, forcing him to take road route to Pune to attend an event there. Kanhaiya has been attacked several times since being booked under sedition charges in connection with an event at JNU where some anti-national slogans were alleged to have been raised. He is currently out on bail.