Nagpur, the Land of Ambedkar, Not ‘Sanghbhoomi’: Kanhaiya Kumar

Kanhaiya Kumar delivered a speech in Nagpur, after paying tributes to Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary.

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JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar leaves after paying tribute to Babasaeb BR Ambedkar at Deekshabhoomi in Nagpur on Thursday on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. (Photo: PTI)

Taking on RSS, Jawaharhal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar said on Thursday, Nagpur was the land of BR Ambedkar and not that of RSS, and “Sangh was not the Parliament”.

Kanhaiya, who delivered a speech in Nagpur, after paying tributes to Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary, had a chappal thrown at him during the speech by an ABVP worker, which missed him.

In his speech, he accused the NDA government of attacking the democratic set-up in the country and said there was a direct assault on the Constitution authored by Ambedkar.

The Modi government made some poll promises... but now it is fast forgetting them and backtracking. This is the land of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, known as ‘Deekshabhoomi’ (Deekshabhoomi is the place where Ambedkar and his followers converted to Buddhism) and not a Sanghbhoomi. Sangh is not the Parliament and ‘Manuvaad’ is not the Constitution.
Kanhaiya Kumar, JNUSU President

He accused the Modi government of “damaging” the credibility of educational institutes like JNU and imposing its own ideology and harassing the students for the crime which they did not commit.

“We are committed to restore the social democracy in the country,” the student leader said.

Autonomous institutions like FTII, Hyderabad Central University, JNU and NIT in Srinagar were being targeted to spread unrest among the students, Kanhaiya alleged.

Earlier, some Bajrang Dal activists threw stones at the vehicle carrying Kanhaiya Kumar after he arrived at the airport. During his speech, an ABVP worker threw a chappal at him, but missed.

The worker was handed over to the police, which also rounded up some others who tried to disrupt the speech. Kanhaiya later said such incidents wouldn’t deter him.

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