Left Front, Congress stage rally in Kolkata over JNU row

| Monday, February 15, 2016 - 20:23
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Left Front rally Kolkata
Kolkata: Amid talks of forging an alliance, leaders of the Left Front and the Congress on Monday walked shoulder to shoulder alongside other political workers in a rally here protesting against the 'atrocities' perpetrated on Jawaharlal Nehru University students by the Narendra Modi government.
The rallyists set out from College Square -- the city's educational hub -- and covered a three km stretch to Dorina Crossing near the city centre under an apolitical banner Democratic Forum against Suppression.
The rally, christened "Kolkata Marches for JNU", saw the participation of representatives of the Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal, besides the civil society.
West Bengal Congress general secretary Om Prakash Mishra said the rally was taken out to defeat "fascist" forces.
"This rally has huge importance. India now needs ideological unity. CPI-M, Congress, Forward Bloc, JD-U, RJD -- they have all joined hands here.
"And those of you who think 'JNU idea is India's idea', if this has to survive, we need the alliance. We are moving towards that," said Mishra.
State leaders of both the Congress and the Left Front have been pitching for an alliance to put up a strong fight against the ruling Trinamool Congress.
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Opposition shames India

It is a shame that anti-national ranting is allowed in a University Campus in the garb of free speech. It is further disheartening to note that free-thinking authors try to justify such radicalisation and sloganeering in University campuses of India. Nationalism is not the domain of only BJP or ABVP. Is it not your responsibility too to oppose such activities? Enough is enough.... No country allows such activities against their motherland and the time has come to stop such activities in India too. For far too long we have allowed authors like you to divert attention from national issues and trying to make it an issue of politics. No technicality can excuse this kind of activity in a University of India and the full force of the law enforcing agencies needs to come down on such people who are trying to radicalise educational institutions. It is a real tragedy that the opposition cannot condemn this incident and call for strict action against those raising anti-national slogans....!!!

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