Kolkata: JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar is scheduled to arrive in Kolkata on August 8 for a programme.
Kanhaiya Kumar will take part in a programme at the Mahajati Sadan and is coming on the request by the left front government’s CPI party. The programme will begin at 12 noon and is supposed to go on for an hour atleast.
As per sources, it is being presumed that the ABVP supporters might stage a protest against Kanhaiya’s visit to the city. It is being heard that Kanhaiya might go to the Jadavpur University in the evening on the same day. The ABVP supporters is likely to stage protest there too against his visit.
In February 2016, he was arrested and charged with sedition by the Delhi police for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in a student rally. The rally was called to protest the 2013 hanging of Mohammed Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri separatist convicted for the 2001 Indian Parliament attack. Kumar was released on interim bail on 2 March 2016 for lack of conclusive evidence. Kumar denied the charges, and upon his release, gave a speech in favour of freedom in India
The Left front government of Bengal wanted to make Kanhaiya the face of their campaign for their 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections. But they failed.
Kanhaiya’s friend and JNU student Umar Khalid had praised Burhan Wani. He said that “I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting. These were the words of Che Guevara, but could have just been Burhan Wani’s too,” he said in a Facebook post which he removed hours later. Umar Khalid faced protests when he arrived in Kolkata to attend a programme. The protests were organised by a group called ‘Hindu Samithi’. The protesters were carrying the BJP flags and asked Umar Khalid to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
The police have said that they are prepared to avert any violence or protests made when Kanhaiya arrives in Kolkata.