‘Kiska saath, kiska vikas?’: Watch Kanhaiya Kumar’s scathing attack on Prime Minister Modi’s campaign promises
The JNU student leader also demanded that if the HRD minister Smriti Irani would not resign, she should at least apologise.
On Tuesday 15-03-2016 Jawaharlal Nehru University Student’s Union president Kanhaiya Kumar led an “azaadi” march demanding the release of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, JNU students who are in judicial custody on charges of sedition.
In a fiery speech he delivered at the gathering at Parliament Street (video above) he refrained from speaking about Khalid and Bhattacharya, and instead turned his energies to the Modi government. He lampooned Modi’s promises made to the public before he became Prime Minister. He said the sensex may rise and fall, but the prices in the market have only been increasing.
He also brought up the issue of jobs. He said while Modi had promised he’ll create 10 crore jobs, according to official figures in the past ten years no new jobs have been created.
“Modi ji you said no one becomes a leader by giving speeches, this is really applicable to you… It’s been two years since this government came to power, but there have been neither ‘acche din’ nor ‘acche raat’.”
In about an hour long speech, Kumar attacked the government on several fronts. He also said that while he is being accused of having political ambitions, he has always been with the “andolan” (struggle) and will continue to be.
Kumar demanded Smriti Irani’s resignation for mismanagement of academic institutions across the country. “She calls us her children, but has she ever spoken to my mother or Rohith Vemula’s mother? I refused to be called her child. We demand she resign for the way academic institutions are being attacked. If she cannot resign, she should at least apologise to us.”
Arundhati Roy also spoke at the rally and said that “this is a battle between people who know how to hate versus people who know how to think.”
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“Everybody is attacking JNU saying it runs on tax-payers money but about Vijay Mallya who also used tax-payer’s money and eloped to London. What did they (govt) do about it,” he said.
Left party leaders D Raja and Sitaram Yechury were also present at the march and expressed solidarity with the agitating students.
Author-activist Arundhati Roy also addressed the gathering saying, “we are looking at revolutionary politics. We are at the beginning of a battle between those who know how to play and those who don’t. People who are called anti national are nature lovers. People who call themselves national are the ones ruining things”.
Meanwhile, during his speech four persons tried to attack Mr Kumar at frequent intervals following which they were detained.