Left, BJP clash in RS over JNU fee hike protest

New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) Members of Left parties and theBJP on Friday clashed in Rajya Sabha over the issue ofJawaharlal Nehru University students' protest against a hikein hostel fees and a draft hostel manual which imposes dresscodes and curfew timings.

Through a Zero Hour mention, K K Ragesh of the CPI(M)raised the matter and sought a judicial probe into policeaction against agitating students.

Immediately after this, Prabhat Jha of the BJP raised theissue of 'defacement' of a yet-to-be-unveiled statue of SwamiVivekananda on the JNU campus.

He then went on to raise issue of alleged anti-Indiaslogans being raised by students of JNU and demanded centralgovernment's oversight of activities in JNU. This was stronglycountered by Left members.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu first cut short Ragesh, who wasspeaking on the police action on JNU students and after Jhahad spoken, said that only submission on the JNU fee hike anddefacement of the Vivekananda statue was admitted.

Ragesh said JNU students have been protesting for overone month demanding roll back of the fee hike and restorationof democratic rights on campus.

He asked why civil liberties were being 'suppressed'after declaring an 'undeclared emergency'.

JNU students during a march to Parliament werelathicharged by police and student leaders taken to policestation and brutally beaten up, he alleged.

As he demanded a judicial probe into the police action,Naidu cut him short, saying he had not spoken on the subjectadmitted - fee hike.

Mikes of Ragesh were switched off even though there wastime remaining out of his alloted slot of 3 minutes.

Jha was called next, who said that Vivekananda's statuewas painted red and 'go away' saffron slogan painted.

As Left party members countered his contention, healleged that JNU has over the past five years witnessed anti-India sloganeering such as 'Bharat Tere Tukde Honge'.

He was countered by Left parties but was allowed tocontinue his submission. PTI ANZDV DV