JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar dismissed allegations that he has hired a public relations officer carries an iPhone and travels business class in flights.
“I don’t have a PRO, what is the use for me? Those who are spreading such rumours are part of a powerful force that is against my campaign, which I along with 8,000 students of JNU and others across the country began,” Kumar, said at a programme in Patna
“I do not even have a cellphone, please don’t talk about iPhone as some with vested interests are propagating that I have one,” he said.
“My visit is paid for by the organisers, who have been inviting me to address them and join their protest. It is simple, I don’t have money to buy a plane ticket.”
“I am son of an Anganwadi worker and my father is paralysed. I am managing somehow, thanks to the help and support of hundreds of JNU students.”
He said that a group of sweepers and manual scavangers in Maharashtra have informed him that they have collected Rs.10,000 to pay the fine slapped on him by JNU authorities.
“I told them ‘thanks’ and said I will not pay the fine,” he said.
“The amount collected by them for me is an example that people in this country are coming forward to help you if you move in the right direction for a cause. It is the beauty of India,” he said.
“For me, talking about the poorest of the poor, poverty, marginalised and deprived people of the country is not a fashion. I am committed towards them and their cause,” he said.
In February, Kumar was arrested and charged with sedition for attending an event in JNU campus commemorating the hanging of 2001 Parliament House attack convict Afzal Guru. It was also alleged that “anti-national” slogans were raised during the event at JNU.