Besides Rahul, several leaders of the Congress and the Left parties, including deputy leader of Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI national secretary D. Raja, were present on the campus.
A section of Jawaharlal Nehru University students waved black flag at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his visit to the campus to meet students agitating for the release of JNU Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar.
Kumar was arrested on Friday on charges of criminal conspiracy and sedition after he was seen in a video along with students who allegedly raised anti-national slogans on the campus. He has since been remanded in three-day judicial custody.
The students protesting against the arrival of Gandhi on campus, also shouted slogans against him.
Reacting to the protests against him, the Congress vice president said, “People who showed black flag on my face, I feel proud that in my country they have the right to show black flag in front of my face”.
Addressing the students, Gandhi urged them not to let “bullies” push them around.
“Only message to you from me: don’t let these bullies push you around,” said Rahul.
Besides Rahul, several leaders of the Congress and the Left parties, including deputy leader of Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI national secretarty D. Raja, were present on the campus.
After meeting the home minister, Sitaram Yechury, D. Raja and JD(U) spokesperson K.C. Tyagi alleged that the new vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University was acting on the instructions of the government and allowed the police to go ahead with a “crackdown”.
“This is happening across all universities that VCs are being removed and the government is appointing persons who are then acting on their instructions,” Yechury said.
However, commissioner B.S. Bassi assured that the Delhi Police would act without extraneous pressure.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no innocent student will ba harassed but asserted that the guilty "will not be spared".
"No question of harassment of students. But the guilty will not be spared," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.
With inputs from agencies