Kolkata: Describing Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar as an ‘aberration’, union minister and BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Sunday said such an aberration will not be accepted at the cost of nationalism.
Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of a party event here, Rudy ridiculed the Left parties for using the media and universities to turn Kanhaiya Kumar — who was jailed on sedition charges but recently granted interim bail — into a ‘momentary hero’.
Using the media, universities and NGOs, the Leftists sided with anti-national sloganeers and have managed to turn Kanhaiya into a hero for the time being, but the people of the country are aware of Leftists’ intentions, he said.
“Kanhaiya is an aberration and the nationalism and nationalists will not allow this aberration to be part of the country’s polity,” said Rudy.
Commenting on the demand for change in the sedition laws, Rudy said those who are clamouring intolerance were anti-nationals.
“Nationalism cannot be compromised at any cost and it cannot be brought to on par with the debate of intolerance. When people are talking of breaking the country, when people are raising slogans against the country, this debate of intolerance is nothing but anti-nationalism,” said the union Minister of state for skill development and parliamentary affairs.
“It is for the court to decide whether a change is needed in the sedition laws, but there cannot be any compromise when your actions are seditious,” he said.
Addressing a seminar of the party’s state intellectual cell, Rudy said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the only political party in the country whose ideals are not personality-based.
“The chief character of almost all the parties, be it south India or the east, be it the Samajwadi Party or the Congress, their ideals are based on a certain personality, but the BJP’s soul is country, nationalism,” he said.
Enumerating the various developmental schemes undertaken by Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, Rudy called upon the party’s intellectual cell to endeavour for bringing the BJP in power in West Bengal.