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JNU crackdown: BJP top brass meet; Cong demands clarification on Hafiz Saeed connection

Amid The Raging Political Row Over Police Action At JNU, Top BJP Leaders, Including Prime Minister Narendra Modi And Party Chief Amit Shah Met Today.

PTI | Updated on: 15 Feb 2016, 12:01:43 PM

New Delhi :

Amid the raging political row over police action at JNU, top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah met today.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, besides Shah met Modi at his residence to take stock of the current political situation.

Party sources insisted that the meeting had no “direct correlation” with the JNU row and covered a wide spectrum of issues. They said a host of issues, including the upcoming state assembly elections and the Budget Session of Parliament were discussed.

“The meeting of senior party leaders happens at regular intervals and is routine. The Budget Session is coming and so are assembly elections in five states. There are organisational issues of the party as well,” a senior party leader said when asked about the deliberations.

He, however, added that the JNU issue too was likely to have come up for discussion as the government has been attacked by Congress and the Left over its response to the holding of an event at the varsity against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.

Meanewhile, Congress leader Digvijay Singh demanded clarification from Rajnath Singh and tweeted: "Would Home Minister please clarify on which Agency's input did he make a statement of JNU's connection with Hafiz Saeed?"

BJP has defended the police action against the students allegedly involved in shouting anti-India slogans and accused the opposition parties of speaking in the voice of terror group LeT founder Hafiz Saeed.

Rajnath Singh’s comments today that the controversial event at the JNU had received support from the LeT has further polarised the political discourse around it.

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First Published : 15 Feb 2016, 08:11:00 AM