Prof Umesh Kadam, Dean of Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday made a huge revelation on Tuesday while speaking to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami during The Debate. Firstly, he condemned the heckling of the Republic crew by the protesting students and said, "Whatever is happening in the name of the fee hike is not fee hike. I would like to bring to the notice of all the public is that this is something which is an agenda which has been brought under the JNUSU, the only demand of these students is that they want the JNUSU to be notified which cannot be notified because of the results of this year's JNUSU elections are still disclosed in the envelope which I have with me."
#RepublicWillReport | We would want to condemn all these things in the strongest words. This is an agenda that is brought under the JNUSU because they want to be notified: Prof Umesh Kadam- Dean of Students, JNUhttps://t.co/RZHKU3wOei pic.twitter.com/BDHpHZB9h0— Republic (@republic) November 19, 2019
On Tuesday, the Republic Media Network was blocked from the JNU Students Union press conference. As the Republic journalists tried to ask their questions, their mics were repeatedly removed, even as they were subjected to heckling and were gheraoed for upholding the right to report. However, in the face of this attack, Republic's reporters continued to ask questions over the JNU students' protests which have severely debilitated life for the common man in New Delhi in the last week.
The students of JNU have been protesting for the last few weeks about the new hostel manual which advocated a hike in hostel fees, dress code regulations, and curfew timings. The students refused to relent even after the JNU administration announced a partial rollback of some of the contentious provisions. While attempting to march towards the Parliament on Monday, around 100 protesting students were detained for showing ‘'aggressive defiance” to the directions of the police. In the evening, the police forcibly removed the JNU student protestors who had brought civic life and traffic to a standstill, with an ambulance being among the many vehicles forcibly held up.