JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar reached the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus after he was released from New Delhi's Tihar Jail on March 3 after a 23-day custody following his arrest in a sedition case last month.
He was welcomed by a huge crowd at the JNU. Addressing the massive gathering, the JNUSU president said that he stood by the Constitution, while ruling out a witch-hunting on the ABVP.
Kanhaiya first had to undergo a medical examination before he was released and then secreted out of the jail by a colony route and taken to Hari Nagar Police station.
The president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) was arrested on February 12 on charges of shouting anti-national slogans, a charge he has denied.
Kumar's release follows the Delhi High Court's order on Wednesday, granting him a six-month interim bail in the case which became a national headline since his arrest three weeks ago. Read more.
Here are some of the highlights of his speech:
- "No one can dilute our fight. I want to salute the soldiers dying at our borders."
- "We do not want freedom from India. We want freedom in India."
Have faith in law. Stand by Constitution: equality, socialist, Secular: Kanhaiya Kumar, JNU SU Prez Witty address. Crowd in splits, clapping— GAURAV C SAWANT (@gauravcsawant) March 3, 2016
We won't do witch hunting of ABVP. You hunt those who are worth hunting - Kanhaiya Kumar— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) March 3, 2016
Kanhaiya Kumar attacks @PMOIndia directly on black money, 'tamasha' & 'Jumla'. Hits out at cyber cell/doctored video & condom statement— GAURAV C SAWANT (@gauravcsawant) March 3, 2016
Don't see ABVP as enemy but opposition. - Kanhaiya Kumar— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) March 3, 2016
Here is how people reacted on Twitter to Kanhaiya's speech:
Kanhaiya Kumar's speech at #JNU right now will put many politicians to shame.— IbneBattuta (@ibnebattuta) March 3, 2016
Kanhaiya Kumar distributing Fair & Lovely to Bhakts. Jiyo jiyo Kanhaiya Jiyo.— Rotdu Bhakt (@RotduBhakt) March 3, 2016
Kanhaiya Kumar just stole the award from Narendra Modi for the most powerful speech of the day!— Kartik Dayanand (@KartikDayanand) March 3, 2016
This guy is too good of a speaker to be called as deshdrohi. Stop crushing different view point. #KanhaiyaKumar— McTowels' (@Restlessler) March 3, 2016
Best trolling ever by #KanhaiyaKumar on Modi, BJP and RSS— Amarjeet Rathore (@vistadreamz) March 3, 2016
All Indians should be watching and listening Kanhaiya Kumar speaking now. Superb. Speaking the truth #JNU— Maitreyee (@valleyofsilence) March 3, 2016
You may or may not agree with #KanhaiyaKumar 's left ideology, but how can you not appreciate this brilliant, confident boy !— ਪ੍ਰੇਰਣਾ (@Iam_Prerna) March 3, 2016
Thanks #KanhaiyaKumar for proving us wrong that idealism was dead among the youth of this country. Rise of a young, grass-root politician— Vinay Sarawagi (@jagora) March 3, 2016
Still stunned. That was one of the most incredible and powerful orations I've heard in a long, long time. Bravo, #KanhaiyaKumar!— Nigel Britto (@NigelBritto) March 3, 2016
Thanks Sangh Parivar for making #KanhaiyaKumar look better then you guys.— Shankh Paad (@ShankhPaad) March 3, 2016