A day before the fourth phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections begins on Monday, Congress senior leader from Madhya Pradesh has courted a fresh controversy by openly supporting Kanhaiya Kumar, who is among the nine others that have been chargesheeted in the JNU sedition case. Addressing a meeting in Madhya Pradesh, Mr Singh said:
"Mai Kanhaiya Kumar ka samarthak hoon. Aur khule aam samarthan deta hoon. Aur maine apne party mai bhi kaha hai ke RJD ne bohot badi galti ke hai ke use seat dene chaiye thi. Aur mujhe iss baat ke khushi hai ke 8-9 ko vo prachar karne aaraha hai. Mere party mai confusion tha ke vo tukde tukde karta hai. Uska ek sabd nahi dekha. Saaf jhoot. Yeh ladke ideology se jude hue hai aur yuva ke icon hai. Inka samman karna chahiye."
(I am a supporter of Kanhaiya Kumar. And I openly supports him. I had mentioned this to my party that RJD made a huge mistake by not giving the Begusarai seat to him. But I am happy to announce that he is coming to Madhya Pradesh for campaigning on 8th and 9th. Even my party was confused that he speaks 'tukde-tukde. But nothing was proved against him. This was a lie. These boys are connected to ideology and they are icons for the youth. We should respect them.)
Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar along nine other has been chargesheeted in the JNU sedition case as main accused. Delhi Police filed a 1,200-page charge sheet at Delhi's Patiala House Court in connection with the JNU sedition case.
On February 9, 2016, anti-national slogans were allegedly raised on the JNU campus during a programme called to protest against the death sentence handed out to Afzal Guru, a convict in the Parliament attack case, which led to a massive row when the members of ABVP, the student wing of RSS, objected to the program.
The charge sheet names 10 JNU students as main accused including Kanahiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, and seven Kashmiri students, namely, Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rasool, and Bashir Bhat.They have been accused of raising 'anti-national' slogans.