BJP leader Subramanian Swamy known to stoke controversies has done it again —he has called India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru a third rate student.
Swamy said that the prestigious university should be named after Subhash Chandra Bose for he is a highly-educated person, while Nehru was a only third class pass. “We have given a recommendation to this extent,” he said.
Earlier, Swamy’s tweets about JNU had created a political storm. While commenting about the post of JNU’s vice-chancellor post being offered to him, he said he cannot consider the offer unless he is allowed to rusticate “anti-national students”.
The current vice-chanellor SK Sopory is set to retire in January next year. According to the rules, a names selected by a committee are sent to the President of India by the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry before the announcement of the new V-C.
There were media reports that the HRD Ministry has offered the post of JNU V-C to Swamy, but he has put some conditions before accepting the coveted post. However, there was no official communication from the Ministry.
He tweeted, “There is no question my accepting the post unless I be allowed to rusticate the mushrooming PTs in the university.” The JNU needs an Anti-Narcotics Bureau campus branch office to raid dorms and arrest naxals, jehadis and Elis. A Border Security Force camp should also be in the campus,” he said.
Swamy’s remarks drew severe criticism from the Congress. Party leader Sandeep Dikshit said, “At one point of time, Swamy was a bright leader, now he is nothing but a political joker.”