New Delhi: JNU Students' Union President Kanhaiya Kumar who was arrested by the Delhi Police on February 12, made a fiery speech on the university campus late night on March 3, taking on the Narendra Modi-led government, hours after his release from jail.
"I come from a village. Where there are a magic shows. People show magic and sell rings that fulfill all wishes...We have some people like that in our country, who say black money will come back, sabka saath sabka vikas (development for all)," Kumar taking a dig at the BJP's election promises. "We Indians forget too soon but this time the tamasha (show) is too big and these jumlas (gimmicks) won't be forgotten," he said amid applause and laughter from the gathered crowd of supporters.
He began his speech shouting slogans of "Azadi (freedom) from hunger, corruption, discrimination and backwardness." He steered clear of saying anything on the case against him. "The matter is sub-judice, I have nothing to say on what is under the court," he said. Calling the BJP-linked students' organisation ABVP "a political opponent and not an enemy" Kumar said he has "serious political differences with Mr Modi but will agree with his tweet in which he said Satyamev Jayate (truth will win)."
"We don't freedom from India but those who are looting India," he said, in the end. While Kumar was speaking, Delhi chief minister tweeted in praise of his speech.