Congress and Left Front, joined by several intellectuals, took out a protest march here today against the arrest of a student leader in JNU on "sedition" charges.
The march was convened by state Congress general secretary Om Prakash Mishra and was attended by senior party leaders Somen Mitra, Pradip Bhattacharya, and Abdul Manan.
Senior Left Front leaders Manju Kumar Majumdar(CPI), Ritabrata Banerjee (CPI-M)), Sujan Chakraborty (CPI-M)) and Naren Chatterjee (Forward Bloc) attended the march, which began at College Square and ended at Esplanade.
"We've organised this protest march against the police action and the fascist mindset the BJP government and the RSS.
This rally does not belong to any political party so we are not carrying any party flags," Mishra said.
Most of the state leaders of both the parties have expressed their opinions in favour of an alliance for the coming Bengal assembly polls.
The JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on February 12 in connection with a case of "sedition and criminal conspiracy" over an event at the varsity against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Ritabrata Bandopadhyay said: “What the BJP and RSS supporters did to harass the students of JNU was uncalled for.” The BJP leaders are functioning like dictators and under no circumstances are they are ready to listen to others, he added.
In Jadavpur University, the students burnt the effigy of Narendra Modi to express their solidarity with the students of JNU.
The students said: “Such an arrogant attitude of any government is uncalled for and we demand the establishment of democracy in JNU.”