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'Hooliganism not nationalism': Three ABVP leaders resign citing JNU and Rohith Vemula incidents

'We can’t be mouthpiece of such a government,' the student leaders said, 'which has unleashed oppression on student community'.

On Wednesday evening, three office bearers of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad in Jawaharlal Nehru University announced their resignation from their designated positions in the aftermath of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar's arrest and the controversy after Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide.

Pradeep Narwal, who holds the Joint Secretary post in JNU's ABVP unit put up a letter on his Facebook page, making public his decision to step down. Along with him, Rahul Yadav and Ankit Hans stepped down from their positions of President and Secretary of ABVP unit in the school of social sciences.

Their resignation marks the first instance of differences in the right wing student organisation being made public in recent times. "We can’t be mouthpiece of such a government," the Facebook post said, "which has unleashed oppression on student community".

Apart from questioning Delhi's BJP Member of Legislative Assembly OP Sharma, the note also demanded that action should be taken against "any person responsible for the slogans" who, the note said, "should be punished as per the law".

The note also went on to "condemn [the] media trial which has culminated in Anti-JNU sentiments throughout the country".

Following is the full, unedited text of Pradeep Narwal's Facebook page making the decision public.

#‎SAVEJNU #‎SAVEDEMOCRACY

Dear friends,

We, Pradeep, Joint Secretary, ABVP JNU UNIT, Rahul Yadav, President SSS ABVP UNIT and Ankit Hans, Secretary SSS ABVP UNIT resigning from ABVP and disassociating ourselves from any further activity of ABVP as per our difference of opinion due to the following reasons:

1. Current JNU incident.

2. Long standing difference of opinion with party on MANUSMIRITI and Rohith Vermula incident.

Anti-national slogans on Feb. 9 in university campus were very unfortunate and heart breaking. Whosoever responsible for that act must be punished as per the law but the way NDA government tackling the whole issue, the oppression on Professors, repeated lawyer attacks on Media and Kanhaiya kumar in court premises is unjustifiable and we think there is a difference between interrogation and crushing ideology and branding entire left as Anti-national.

People are circulating #‎SHUTDOWNJNU but I think they must circulate #‎SHUTDOWNZEENEWS which has demeaned this world class institution, this biased ZEE news media generalize and related the act done by few people to the whole student community of JNU. JNU is considered as one of the progressive and democratic institution where we can see intermingling of people from lower to upper income strata of the society, notion of equality.

We can’t be mouthpiece of such a govt. which has unleashed oppression on student community, legislature like OP Sharma, govt. which has legitimized the action of right wing fascist forces either in Patiala house court or in front of JNU north gate. Every day we see people assemble at front gate with Indian Flag to beat JNU student, well this is hooliganism not nationalism, you can’t do anything in the name of nation, there is a difference between nationalism and hooliganism.

Anti-India slogans can’t be tolerated in campus or any part of country, JNUSU& some left organization are saying that nothing has happened in the campus but here we want to stress that veiled persons in the event organized by former DSU persons shouted slogans BHARAT TERE TUKADDE HONGE of which there is concrete evidence in videos, so we demand any person responsible for the slogans should be punished as per the law, and in this whole process we also condemn media trial which has culminated in Anti-JNU sentiments throughout the country. Today we all must stand together to save JNU which has given us identity, we need to come across party lines to save reputation of this institution, to save future of JNUites as more than 80% of students don’t belong to any political party so let’s unite to save this JNU culture.

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