Patna: While claiming immunity under freedom of speech and to avoid jail terms, Communist rising star and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, at his maiden rally in Patna on Sunday watched from the podium as his supporters thrashed two students showing black flags to their new-found icon in full view of the Patna police.
Identified as Manikant Mani and Nitish Kumar, the two students, apparently opposed to Kanhaiya's extremist ideologies, waved black flags at the JNU leader who, along with his other comrades in Delhi, was recently caught celebrating the 'sacrifice' of terrorist Afzal Guru in the name of ' holding a cultural program' leading to his much-publicized arrest and the outpour of support in his favor from anti-BJP parties and leaders including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BJP leader and MP Shatrughan Sinha.
Kanhaiya and his acolytes took the opportunity to bash Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government at the center engaging in usual anti-Modi rhetoric including how the PM was anti-poor, anti-lower caste, 'jumlebaaz', a liar, communal leader, and a con man who deceived Indian voters into voting him into power – a common theme among all Modi-baiters including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and all left leaders.
Kanhaiya's supporters justified the thrashing of the two students at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall saying the two belonged to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and were there to disturb the event organized by the All India Students Federation, the student wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI).
AISF has denied its involvement in the beating of the students saying its members had nothing to do with the thrashing of the two.
Watching the two youths being mercilessly beaten up, Kanhaiya, true to his trademark grandstanding style, said he did not see the black flags being waved and instead saw saffron flags (the mark of the Sangh Parivar) flying on his face.
Hours later as criticism against Kanhaiya and his henchmen began to pour on the social media; the youth leader of the anti-Modi brigade condemned the incident on his Twitter account saying violence was not the answer to the voice of the opposition.
As reported, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday had rolled out red carpet for Kanhaiya Kumar and his comrades at the Patna Airport as both the Chief Minister and his political ally and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav gave him their blessings to go out and take on the saffron brigade.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS