Jai Kanhaiya Lal ki, echoes JNU

New Delhi: Returning to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on his release from jail three weeks after his arrest, the university’s students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar last night said they are seeking freedom within the country and not from India, as he hurled barbs at PM Narendra Modi.

Kanhaiya Kumar addresses students at the JNU campus.
Kanhaiya Kumar addresses students at the JNU campus. Pic/PTI

Addressing students at the campus, Kumar, who has been slapped with sedition charge, said, "I have many differences with the PM but I agree with his tweet Satyameva Jayate because these words are in our Constitution," he said, as his passionate speech was punctuated by repeated cheers and raising of slogans. "We are not seeking ‘azaadi’ (freedom) from India. We want ‘azaadi’ within India," he said.

Jubilations at the JNU campus which erupted after Kumar was granted bail by the Delhi HC acquired a new momentum with the students, agitating since his arrest, taking out a march shouting slogans like ‘Jai Kanhaiya Lal ki’.

Clean chit for Kanhaiya

A Delhi govt-appointed magisterial probe did not find any evidence Kanhaiya raising anti-India slogans. As per the probe report, anti-national slogans were shouted at the campus and JNU administration has already identified a ‘few faces’ who were ‘clearly’ heard raising them. The panel said their location must be found out and their role must be investigated.

Holi, Diwali in Kanhaiya’s village
Begusarai: Holi and Diwali together came in advance at Kanhaiya’s hometown in Bihar’s Begusarai with his family and villagers rejoicing the Delhi High Court order granting conditional bail to him. “We got much relief from tension and anxiety for the first time since the arrest of my son Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition,” Kanhaiya’s father Jaishankar Singh said.

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