Former ABVP activist comes out in support of Kanhaiya Kumar and friends, calls latest actions against them politically motivated

At a time when they are being tried in Delhi Court over charges of sedition, Kanhaiya Kumar and company have found an unlikely friend, a former ABVP activist. Pradeep Narwal, who left the ABVP after the 2016 incident in JNU campus, and later joined Congress, has come out in support of Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid.

Narwal claimed that the entire matter was is being raked up by the BJP with political motivations before 2019 general elections. He also alleged that some ABVP members had themselves raised “Pakistan Zindabad” slogan on the JNU campus in 2016 which led to the slapping of sedition charges.

Narwal, who joined the Congress six months back, said that the entire episode was spearheaded by the ABVP in 2016 to divert the attention from the Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

Addressing the press conference he further claimed that entire controversy was generated by the BJP to dilute the suicide of Rohith Vemula, who was forced to end his life by Bandaru Dattatreya (then Labour Minister from Telangana. He also alleged that certain members of the ABVP and its sympathisers were also present among the students in the video grab which captured “Pakistan Zindabad” slogan.

The former ABVP member said that the BJP had planned to create a narrative over the incident before the general elections and called it the biggest fraud on democracy.

The Delhi Police has filed a 1200-pages charge sheet and named Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven Kashmiri students for shouting anti-India slogans at an event held at Sabarmati Dhaba on the JNU campus in February 2016.