Featured Image: Kanhaiya Kumar addressing the mass convention at Mahajati Sadan in Kolkata on Thursday.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 08 September: CONTROVERSIAL student leader and JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was today met with unruly agitation by BJP workers during his maiden visit to Kolkata.
Kumar was here to address a mass convention jointly organised by CPI’s student wing All India Students Federation and youth wing the All India Youth Federation at Mahajati Sadan at Central Avenue in Kolkata.
As soon as the student leader’s car reached Mahajati Sadan around 01 pm, a group of about 50-odd BJP activists, who had taken position in front of the venue well in advance, started throwing rotten eggs at him and shouting slogans calling him “anti-national”. The BJP activists also burned the flags of the AISF that the organisers had put up in and around the venue.
The large number of policemen deployed at the venue managed to let Kumar enter Mahajati Sadan safely. Peeved at this, the BJP activists tried to foray into Mahajati Sadan to disrupt the convention. This led to a scuffle between the police and the saffron activists, bringing traffic to a halt on Central Avenue for some time.
In the melee, five BJP activists sustained injuries, while 10 activists were arrested by the police and taken away in a police van. The injuries of one of the BJP activists, Suresh Sau, are hospitable in nature, and he is now admitted to the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.
Unfazed by the agitation outside, the JNSU president addressed the convention to a packed house and hit out at the intolerance being condoned by the Narendra Modi led government at the Centre.
“The government should protect its people as human beings and not on the basis of their religion, caste, or creed,” Kumar said. “Modi-ji boasts of 56 inch chest. We may not have a chest as big as him but we do have a 56 inch liberal space in our mind that can accommodate diverse opinions.”
The student leader also left behind a piece of advice for his comrades in Bengal. “Having a party office with signboard and furniture is not enough. In order to remain relevant, all of us must carry on with constant struggle and movement on the issued that the people and youths are battling every day.”
Incidentally, today’s was Kanhaiya Kumar’s last speech as JNSU president as the famed university in New Delhi is set to elect a new president for the student union tomorrow. CPI-ML (Liberation) West Bengal state unit has condemned BJP’s unruly agitation at Mahajati Sadan today by terming it “fascist attack on liberal thoughts.”