Rahul Gandhi backs petition to withdraw BJP MP’s Harvard alum status

Prime News, National (New Delhi), July 11:- Lashing out at Union Minister Jayant Sinha for garlanding Ramgarh lynching convicts, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asked Twitter followers sign a petition demanding the withdrawal of Sinha’s Harvard alum status.

“If the sight of a highly educated MP & Central Minister, Jayant Sinha, garlanding & honouring criminals convicted of lynching an innocent man, fills you with disgust, click on the link & support this petition,” tweeted the Congress president.

The petition, floated by Harvard University alum Prateek Kanwal, is addressed to the President of the varsity.

“Jayant Sinha, a Minister in the Central Government and an Alumni of Harvard University, recently garlanded and honoured convicts accused of lynching Alimuddin Ansari. These actions by the Minister have shocked the nation and brought disrepute to our great institution. As a responsible citizen of this country and as an Alumni of Harvard, I strongly condemn these actions and ask the Harvard University to withdraw his Alumni status,” states Kanwal in his petition.

A controversy emerged after the BJP Minister of State for Civil Aviation felicitated eight men convicted in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand. They met Sinha at his residence after their life sentences were suspended by the high court.

The move drew massive condemnation from opposition forcing Sinha to issue a clarification. Defending himself, he said that the Ranchi High Court has suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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