JNU row: BJP, RSS trying to malign varsity's image, says Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat

Dehradun: Hitting out at BJP-led central government in the wake of the JNU protests in the national capital, Uttarakhand CM and Congress stalwart Harish Rawat alleged that the saffron party and Hindu right wing RSS were trying to malign the image of the varsity as there prevails the dominance of communist political ideology.

"Modi government is trying to defame JNU's image as there exists communist political ideology," said Rawat, while speaking at News24's event 'Manthan', organised to raise the political, cultural, and religious issues of the state.

However, he asserted people who raised anti-national slogans must be sent to jail.

He further added that the BJP's sole aim was to divert nation's attention from Dalit student's death in Hyderabad.

Referring to the Centre's order to hoist national flag at all central universities across the nation, Rawat pointed out that waving national flag doesn't make you nationalist.

While talking to News24's Editor-in-chief Anurradha Prasad about the state political issues, a self-proclaimed "Balika Vadhu" of Congress alleged that Modi government hadn't co-operated with his government, hampering state's growth and development.

He claimed the central government didn't provide funds for scholarships for SC students and Haridwar Ardhkumbh.

Speaking about upcoming state polls during the event, Rawat said that 2017 elections would set a road map for the parliamentary elections, scheduled in 2019.

News24 Bureau