Patna: Strongly condemning police lathicharge on outstation students in NIT Srinagar, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today slammed the Central government over the incident saying it reflected its “double standard.” Meanwhile Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi too lashed out at BJP-PDP government over the issue.
“The Central government on the one hand is raising slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and on the other hand in Jammu and Kashmir gets people raising the same nationalistic slogan beaten,” Kumar told reporters while reacting on NIT Srinagar incident.
“The incident reflects double standard of the Union government. The Central government should make its stand on the episode clear,” Kumar said coming down heavily on the BJP-led NDA government at the centre over the incident.
He said BJP could answer on Srinagar better as it has its government at the Centre as well Jammu and Kashmir.
There are many students from Bihar also at NIT Srinagar and the state government was talking to J&K government for providing proper security to them, he said emerging from a review meeting of Energy department.
“Students from different states study in an institution like NIT and hence no such incident should happen there,” he said and strongly condemned “mistreatment” of outstation students in NIT Srinagar.
The Bihar CM demanded expeditious action from the Union government in the NIT Srinagar issue.
Rahul Gandhi also mounted attack on the BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir, accusing it of using “brute” force against NIT students in Srinagar.
“Strongly condemn lathicharge on #NITSrinagar students. When will BJP &allies learn that brute force against students can never be a solution?”, the Congress Vice President said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
The state Congress has demanded a time-bound judicial inquiry into the lathi charge and the alleged lapses in handling of the situation.
It has expressed serious concern over the prevailing situation and the sense of insecurity among the students and parents which has “further aggravated due to the uncalled for and unjustified use of force”. Tension prevailed at the NIT with outstation students making a slew of demands, including shifting the institute out of Kashmir and action against the policemen involved in lathicharge yesterday. An HRD team was rushed there from Delhi to resolve the crisis being witnessed since last six days.
Party spokesman Manish Tewari too took a dig at the BJP over the issue.
“#NationalismBJPSTYLE thrash students in Srinagar who stand for India and divide rest of the country on Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Vande Matram etc!”, he tweeted.