Ramjas row: Kiren Rijiju should refrain from making statements on nationalism, says Congress

Rijiju had said that nobody has the "absolute right" to define nationalism, but anyone who wants to break India and supports terrorists can be called an "anti-national".

Ramjas row: Kiren Rijiju should refrain from making statements on nationalism, says Congress

In the escalating row over the Ramjas college clash, Congress on Monday termed Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, as a "goofy minister" for calling the recent clashes between the All India Students' Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) an act of anti-nationalism.

Congress has said that the Union Minister should refrain from making statements on issues which he cannot understand.


Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that Rijiju is frivolously branding students as anti-nationals, where the reality is that the MoS has no knowledge about the veracity of the situation.

Speaking to news agency Asian News International, Dikshit said: “Whatever happened between AISA and ABVP should not be subjected to an act of anti-nationalism. Sometimes, Kiren Rijiju speaks like a ‘goofy minister’, neither he went there nor he is able to comprehend anything. Similarly, in the past, he had branded some JNU students as anti-nationals. Just because the protest was against the government doesn’t mean they should be dubbed as anti-national.”

The Congress leader's statement came as a response to Rijiju’s remark on clashes between the Left-affiliated AISA and the RSS-backed ABVP in front of Maurice Nagar police station near Delhi University's North Campus.

On Sunday, BJP leader Rijiju had said that nobody has the "absolute right" to define nationalism, but anyone who wants to break India and supports terrorists can be called an "anti-national".

He added that under the guise of freedom of expression even some students "fantasise" about "breaking" India."Nobody has the absolute right to define nationalism but anybody who wants to break India, supports Afzal Guru and terrorists is anti-national," Rijiju said in a tweet.