The union calls for protest before the ceremony, scheduled to be held virtually in the evening.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) has written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of his unveiling ceremony of ‘Vivekananda statue’ on the campus premises, at 06:30 p.m. today, the Times Now reports.
According to a TimesNowNews.com report, the union has also called for a protest gathering at 5 pm today at the varsity’s North Gate.
A poster released by the JNUSU calls for PM Modi to ‘go back’ and demands ‘answers’ from the MoE (ministry of education).
The protest gathering is against “the anti-education and anti-student Mogi government”, reads the poster.
Welfare of the students should be the priority of any academic institution but unfortunately, this university is wasting money on unnecessary things: Vishnu Prasad, JNU student, tells TIMES NOW over Vivekanand statue row. pic.twitter.com/EkZyLOOG9K
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) November 12, 2020
Earlier in the week, the University Vice Chancellor M Jagadeesh Kumar had said in an official statement that the PM would unveil a life-size statue of Swami Vivekananda installed in the university campus on November 12.
The PM himself later confirmed the statement and tweeted today that he would be a part of the ceremony via video conferencing.
At 6:30 this evening, will unveil a statue of Swami Vivekananda at the JNU campus and share my thoughts on the occasion. The programme will be held via video conferencing. I look forward to the programme this evening.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 12, 2020