Jamia Students Welcome Delhi Mandate, Say Politics of Hate Got Defeated
Afsal Rahman | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 11— “It has now become 62-8”, said a student volunteer doing security check at entry point to protest gathering at the Jamia Millia Islamia. He was referring to the results of the Delhi Assembly election.
The incumbent Aam Aadmi Party has won 62 seats while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 8 seats. The elections to Delhi Assembly were held on Saturday 8th February 2020.
“This is the defeat of the perpetrators of hate. The Sangh Parivar has been contesting the election solely on the politics of hate. Now I am happy that they are defeated,” Muhammad Raees, a post-graduate student at the university, told India Tomorrow.
Saaliha, another protestor at the site, told that since the BJP was asking votes to vacate the protestors at Jamia and Shaheen Bagh, the people of Delhi have proved them wrong. Now it's time to bring before law the people who really provoked to shoot at peaceful protestors, she added.
Another protestor who doesn't want to be named hopes that the new government will help sustain democratic values in Delhi. “This government has limited say in the law and order since the Delhi Police is under the central government. Yet I wish them uphold our right to protest,” he added.
Asif Iqbal Tanha, one of the leading protestors in the Jamia, told India Tomorrow that AAP is a party that has emerged from public protests and with such win, AAP has a huge responsibility to support the on-going protests against CAA. “Mr Kejriwal should make it clear whether his government will implement NPR or not,” he added.
Jamia Millia Islamia University has become one of focal points of protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The protestors and students were dealt with brutally by the Delhi Police. The BJP had made the protest a poll issue and vowed to vacate the sites at Shaheen Bagh if brought to power. Anurag Thakur, a Union Minister, and Parvesh Saheb Singh, a BJP MP, were temporarily banned by the Election Commission for provocative slogans against protestors in a campaign meeting of the party.