New Delhi, Feb 12: Condemning the incident of a Gujarat college allegedly cancelling a programme which Dalit leader and Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani, was invited to attend, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said this in unprecedented in the country.
Talking to media persons ,Ms Banerjee recalled an incident about the Allahabad university where Samajwadi Party president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was stopped from attending a function, and said that such a situation has arisen in the country where people are not allowed to move freely.
“Jignesh was also stopped from attending a University event in Gujarat. He was threatened by BJP goons and they preach to us. They indulge in hate politics”, Ms Banerjee said.
A section of media reported that Ahmedabad’s HK Arts College, where Mr Mevani studied, had invited him as a chief guest at an annual day programme, however, the college authorities withdrew the invitation allegedly after pressure from ABVP students.
Subsequently, the college principal and an associate professor resigned in protest and criticised the college trustees for curbing freedom of expression.
In a series of tweets, Mr Mevani also criticised the college authorities and said since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, ‘many people have become spineless’.
“HK Arts College where I studied falls in that category, unfortunately. I salute toiling masses who always dare to take on the mighty governments unlike many people with so called celebrated status”, he tweeted.
Mr Mewani added that he will deliver lectures in various colleges across the country on two subjects: ‘Chokidar hi chor hai " and "Modi, the urban Manu".
“Since my event is cancelled in H.K Arts college I am making this announcement - in coming months I will be planning my series of lectures in various colleges and universities across the country on two subjects - "Chokidar hi chor hai " and "Modi, the urban Manu." (UNI)