Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge gave adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on JNU and Rohith Vemula issue on Wednesday while BJP-led NDA and the opposition got engaged in fierce confrontation in the Budget session of Parliament during a discussion on the JNU row in Rajya Sabha.
The ruling coalition is set to aggressively attack opponents for raising anti-national slogans for their partisan purposes.
Rajya Sabha is holding a discussion on the situation arising in the central institutions of higher education with specific reference to Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Hyderabad. BJP’s Bhupender Yadav is initiating the discussion.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Education Minister Smriti Irani will intervene.
PM Modi on Tuesday after meeting the top leaders of BJP reportedly said, “The government is working fine and has a lot to show”. PM Modi urged his party members to debate and contest aggressively as the opposition is raking up issues like JNU.
Bhartiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were also present at the meeting. Arun Jaitley, a noted lawyer will cover the sedition law and other legal aspects of JNU controversy.
BJP MP Bhupender Yadav has given a notice for discussion on the JNU row as well as on the deposition of David Headley in which he had said that Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist.
Another BJP MP Vijay Goel has given a notice as the ruling party seeks to raise the nationalist pitch during the debate.
BJP is likely to take an aggressive stand on the JNU row projecting the issue as a fight between patriots and anti-nationals.
Opposition Congress is linking the JNU controversy to the larger issue of freedom of expression and ideas.
While the Opposition has closed ranks to corner the government, BJP feels it stands to gain by turning the debate into one between “patriots and anti-nationals,” as a party leader said.
At a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the apex decision-making organ of the party, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had accused the Modi government of having “lost all sense of balance” and undermining democratic norms over the JNU row, making it clear that Congress will take up the issue aggressively along with like-minded parties.