ABVP workers allege vandalism of Chhatrapati Shivaji portrait in JNU, demand action

20 February, 2023 | Pragati Singh

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ABVP activists protested, accusing left-wing workers of 'insulting' Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

On the occasion of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s birth anniversary, members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) accused Left-wing workers of vandalising his portrait at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). ABVP activists also protested, accusing left-wing workers of ‘insulting’ Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. On Sunday, ABVP members claimed that a gang of left-wing employees vandalised Shivaji Maharaj’s portrait on the walls of the students activity centre.

ABVP JNU Secretary Umesh Chandra Ajmera said, “Today is the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. We had put up a portrait of Shivaji Maharaj on the walls outside the student activity centre as tribute.”

“But the ‘communists’ of JNU couldn’t digest this. People from ‘100 Flowers Group’ and SFI came and vandalised the portrait of Shivaji Maharaj,” Ajmera alleged while speaking to ANI.

He further claimed that those involved in the incident were “illegal workers” (outsiders) who had illegally entered the college grounds.

“When we asked to stop, they said, “We will do this, we don’t believe in them, we only believe in Marxist and Leninist ideology”,” said Ajmera while adding that neither they were able to show their ID cards, nor were they going out.

The Secretary of the ABVP urged the JNU administration to take stern action against the culprits and prevent miscreants from disrupting the university atmosphere.

“We request the JNU administration to take strict action against the accused. We also urge the administration to stop illegal students from entering the campus and creating a nuisance. These people should be stopped from bringing a bad name to the university,” Ajmera added.