BJP ally Shiv Sena on Sunday took on the Centre for branding JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar as "anti-national" and slapping a sedition case on him.
"It is wrong to brand Kanhaiya as anti-national and slapping sedition case against him. He is not anti-national. Who gave birth to Kanhaiya, Hardik Patel and Rohith Vemula? The government should ponder over it," Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said.
He said India has a large population of youth and instead of guiding them, the central government is "misleading" them.
When Hardik Patel, the Patel quota stir spearhead, became popular, he was charged with sedition, and now Kumar is fighting against the government, Uddhav said, addressing a meeting of Sena office-bearers and asked, "Who gave birth to these youths?"
The Sena leader's remarks came on a day Kanhaiya, president of the JNU Students Union, alleged that a co-passenger tried to "strangle" him inside an aircraft before a flight from Mumbai to Pune.
"Yet again, this time inside the aircraft, a man tries to strangulate me," Kanhaiya tweeted after the alleged incident which took place when he was inside a Jet Airways aircraft at the airport here.
Kanhaiya was subsequently offloaded from the plane by the airline staff on safety ground, forcing him to take road route to Pune to attend an event there.
The BJP-Shiv Sena government has ordered a probe into the matter and the alleged assailant identified as Manas Jyoti Deka (33), an employee of TCS in Pune, was detained and a non-cognisable offence registered against him.
Kanhaiya has been attacked several times since being booked under sedition charges in connection with an event at JNU where some anti-national slogans were alleged to have been raised. He is currently out on bail.