The Left parties led by CPIM have come out lending open and full support to JNU students and their protest, saying that the Police were behind instigating the violence and it was BJP government's "conspiracy to defame and destroy" the institution. "We strongly condemn this sort of violence unleashed on JNU students. They were peaceful marching and that peaceful march was disallowed. That's a denial of democratic rights. And the way the Police behaved with the students- dragging, arresting and injuring them- that is something that is not acceptable in a democracy." Sitaram Yechury told Republic TV in an exclusive interview on Monday.
CPI(M) strongly condemns deployment of heavy police forces to prevent students of JNU from marching and raising their demands. Stands in the solidarity with the students and the demands raised by the students community. pic.twitter.com/9wgiC4hpy1— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) November 18, 2019
When asked the students did he support the students who were turning violent, Yechury, who is himself a JNU product, said: "You go and see the images you will know who is violent and who is being peaceful. It is very obvious. It is a conspiracy to defame JNU and this has been going on since the government came in power since more than 5 years ago. They are aiming to destroy JNU which is a big national asset that has given you generations of socially conscious citizens and nation builders. They want to destroy that institution. We have already tendered full support to JNU."
Later, CPI general secretary D Raja also supported the JNU students saying they were all asking their basic rights which were denied and Police were resorting to unnecessary coercion and force which was turning it into violence.