Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury on Sunday asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to give evidence to back his claim that the protest at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus had the backing of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed.
"He is the Home Minister and he needs to have proof to back his statement. He is known to have retracted his tweets earlier on the Pathankot incidents. So, we don't know on what basis he is saying this or what evidence he has," Yechury told ANI.
He asserted that if the Home Minister managed to bring up evidence of any 'anti-national' or terrorist activity at the varsity then the CPI (M will support necessary action in national interest. "But don't use that as a pretext to attack progressive cultural values, which is what is the objective that appears very clearly being pursued by the government. Rajnath has to come out and share the evidence that he has with the country," Yechury added.
Meanwhile, CPI (M) leader AK Padmanabhan told Media that attack on the JNU is 'undemocratic' and 'authoritarian' and that the issue will be taken up in Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu where Assembly elections are due.
Amid a massive face off over the JNU controversy, Rajnath earlier alleged that 'anti-national' protests in the JNU campus had the backing of the LeT. "I also want to make it clear that the JNU incident has the support of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. We should also understand this reality that Hafiz Saeed has supported this incident and it is extremely unfortunate," he told the media here.
Singh further said that his government would not pardon all those who have raised slogans against the nation's integrity. "I have given all the necessary directions to officials to punish the offenders and not to harass the innocents," he added.
The Home Minister told the CPI (M), CPI and JD (U) members, who met him yesterday seeking the releasing of JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, that the court would decide whether further action should be taken against those students arrested. Kanhaiya was arrested on Friday on sedition charges over a protest organized in the JNU campus on February 9 against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.