Delhi’s LT Governor- Najeeb Jung says he would not take action against JNU students for slogan shouting

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi: Yesterday, on Monday 11th April, the Lt. Governor of Delhi- Najeeb Jung said that he oppose the action against the students for allegedly involve in anti- national slogan shouting in Jawaharlal Nehru University- JNU campus and again he suggested that instead they should be engaged in dialogue.

Moreover, the Lt. Governor- Najeeb further sought to say that the “Police is invited only in cases of acute arson, not when there is sloganeering”.

Also, he sought to clarify that he would not encourage any anti- nationalism, but he would also not take action against the students for mere slogan shouting. He added “I would feel sorry for them.”

It is notable that the present Lt. Governor- Najeeb also had served as the Vice- Chancellor to the Jamia Millia Islamia University, earlier to his joining as the Lt. Governor to Delhi. He said that the controversy over the 9th day of February in JNU event may have happened as the varsity had a “new Vice Chancellor”.

He also said the “we could have avoided the incident that stretched for a month.” Moreover, while commenting on the slogans calling for “azaadi” in Kashmir and “Pakistan Zindabad” he said that he thinks the “Kashmiris have genuine problems over the heavy army presence and also he thinks that “they genuine concern over the imposition of AFSPA”. He also said that “I would speak to them, counsel them but I would not encourage anti- nationalism.”

Moreover, while commenting on the debate over the raising of the slogans like “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” the Delhi’s Lt. Governor said anyone cannot be “forced” to say anything. He also said that “you can say I don’t want to say it but that does not mean I am not nationalistic, that would not mean I am anti- India.”

Moreover, he also said that there was a difference between raising slogans hailing the motherland and those praising the almighty, including ‘Allah’.

He added, it is the “matter of pride” for a person belonging to any country to love his country and as such would be “absolutely happy to say “Madre- watan zindabad”, “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” or whatever.

He further claimed to avoid using the “Harsh words”, as there is not need.

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