Rajya Sabha member and BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta on Wednesday took to Twitter to say that he was "locked into a room with mob outside" at Visva-Bharati University in Birbhum in West Bengal.
He had been addressing a meeting on the Citizenship Amendment Act. He was to speak on "The CAA-2019: Understanding and Interpretation" as a part of the Visva Bharati Lecture Series at the varsity's Lipika Auditorium.
The programme was scheduled at 3.30 pm and was to be presided over by the varsity's vice chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty. However, as soon as Dasgupta reached the campus students started protesting against him.
The varsity's SFI unit leader Somnath Sau said the students will not allow anyone who "promotes hatred among communities" to spread propaganda on the soil of Visva Bharati, which stands for the ideals of Rabindranath Tagore.
"We will continue our protests against the BJP and forces of the Hindutva," he added.
Dasgupta had also taken to Twitter to share his plight.
"How does it feel to have a mob attack a peaceful meeting on CAA and intimidation students? This is what is happening to a meeting I am addressing at Vishwa Bharati now. Locked into room now with mob outside," Dasgupta wrote.
How does it feel to have a mob attack a peaceful meeting on CAA and intimidation students? This is what is happening to a meeting I am addressing at Vishwa Bharati now. Locked into room now with mob outside.— Swapan Dasgupta (@swapan55) January 8, 2020
Earlier in the day, Dasgupta had taken to Twitter to share a poster that he said had appeared on a wall at the university's campus, urging people to boycott the seminar.
"I assure everyone that attending the seminar is totally voluntary. People with open minds very welcome," he wrote.
This poster has appeared on a wall in the Vishwa Bharati campus, Santiniketan. I assure everyone that attending the seminar is totally voluntary. People with open minds very welcome. pic.twitter.com/AptJ209hKw— Swapan Dasgupta (@swapan55) January 8, 2020
The incident also drew a reaction from social media users.
Take a look at some of the tweets:
Highly condemnable. Terrible that Swapan has to face what many others, especially students in Jamia and AMU, have been facing just for expressing their views. Hopefully now he wouldn’t endorse and encourage mobs, online and offline, in subtle ways. https://t.co/9uzeaLrXdZ— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) January 8, 2020
Three hours and no news. Hope you are safe, dada.— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) January 8, 2020
This is a Member of Parliament, and he is at the university started by Gurudev.
What chance do others have? https://t.co/ceH3bO0YsE
(With inputs from agencies)