JNU Hunger Strike: Kanhaiya Has Low BP; VC Calls Protest Unlawful

JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar complained of low BP on Tuesday.

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Kanhaiya Kumar in JNU on 3 March 2016. (Photo: PTI)

Terming the ongoing hunger strike as an “unlawful”, Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar asked the students to put their demands using “constitutional” means, prompting ABVP to call off the fast. Two groups of students are protesting the punishment meted out by JNU in connection with the 9 February event,

The administration called the students for a “dialogue” on the seventh day of the strike.

While the left-affiliated groups termed the meeting to be “unfruitful”, members of ABVP claimed that the varsity agreed to their demand of “reconsidering” the punishment and hence they called off the indefinite fast and will continue with relay strike.

A hunger strike is an unlawful activity and a harmful method of protest that adversely affects the health and career of the students. The administration urges the students to use constitutional methods to put forth their demands, if any. The administration believes in dialogue and discussion to resolve any issue affecting the functioning of the varsity and urges students to immediately call off the strike and come for discussion.
M Jagadesh Kumar, JNU Vice Chancellor

While JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar complained of low BP on Tuesday, ABVP’s Saurabh Sharma was rushed to AIIMS after his glucose level dipped.

Following separate meetings with the VC, the two groups issued statements about their future course of action.

The meeting with the VC was highly disappointing. The appeal by him to call off our hunger strike was a threat statement. How come a VC of a premier university of India defines a hunger strike as an “unlawful” activity. A hunger strike is a mode of protest under which no law of the land is violated. Our demands are clear and loud, it’s a do or die battle for us. We will continue our indefinite hunger strike till all the charges are scraped against the students.
Statement by Left-affiliated groups

ABVP, on the other hand, said, “our main demand of reconsidering the charges against Saurabh Sharma has been accepted. We have got an assurance from the administration that the new order will be issued soon. We are calling off the indefinite fast but will continue with relay strike till demands are met.”

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