BJP committed sin forming alliance with PDP: Shiv Sena

The editorial published in ‘Saamana’ praised former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar saying that he speaks for the unemployed youth


The opposition of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be getting together ahead of the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In Maharashtra, BJP’s current ally, Shiv Sena has clarified that it has no intention of forming an alliance with the BJP. Rather, the regional party has been openly critical of the ruling party on several issues. 

Shiv Sena has extended its support to former Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and said that the BJP has no moral right to criticise the student leader. It also endorsed Kumar’s oratory skills.

The editorial published in ‘Saamana’ said that the BJP committed a “great sin” by forming an alliance with People Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and therefore, has no right to criticise the student leader. PDP leader and former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti believes Afzal Guru to be a martyr despite his involvement in the attacks on Indian Parliament. 

Earlier on Monday, Delhi police named Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya along with other seven students in a chargesheet accusing them of inciting anti-India slogans in February 2016. The chargesheet was filed three years after the incident and the BJP has been critical of the students labelling them as “anti-nationals”. 

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The editorial stated that the BJP should not seek political gains over the sedition case against Kumar. It also said that the student leader represents the demands of unemployed youth.

The editorial further states that the convict Ajmal Kasab in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were also given chance to defend himself. Kumar should also get an opportunity to do the same and if the charges levelled against him are not true, it will not stand in the court.

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