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#JNUCrackdown: You don't mess with a nationalist like BJP MLA OP Sharma

Aditya Menon @AdityaMenon22

This is OP Sharma. He attacks students and journalists outside a courtroom.

He says patriotism is his property and that gives him the license to take the law into his own hands.

He calls AAP MLA Alka Lamba a "Bazaaru Aurat" and refuses to apologise for his comment.

Be like OP Sharma.

Because he's not just an ordinary sexist goon. He's an MLA of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

And be assured that no action will ever be taken against him. Because neither the BJP nor the Delhi Police that operates on its orders, will ever have the gumption to bring this man to book.

Sharma and his goons beat up JNU students and professors who had come for the hearing of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. He was arrested by the police on charges of sedition on 12 February. The goons even assaulted journalists who were just doing their job.

Read- Prakash Karat: "Police action in JNU is a planned move by RSS & BJP"

Here's this man in action outside the Patiala House court in Delhi.

This article isn't presenting these pictures and video as proof of the BJP MLA's hooliganism.

Instead it's a warning. Because OP Sharma will do it again. And when he does, please don't bother calling the cops. They won't help.

But Sharma isn't an isolated case.

On Saturday, alleged ABVP supporters assaulted Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma inside the JNU campus. They pelted stones at him and even attacked him with a sharp object. Apparently, their target was Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi but Sharma came in the way.

If the Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha isn't safe from saffron goons, no one is.

A video that is being widely circulated shows that it was ABVP cadres who actually began shouting pro-Pakistan slogans during the controversial event on 9 February that led to the arrest of Kumar.

Also read- BJP is acting like a Parivar. It'll have a chilling effect on campuses: Mukul Kesavan

Though the Delhi government is inquiring into the authenticity of the video, Delhi police commissioner Bhim Bassi was quick to give the ABVP a clean chit.

Till now the BJP has always had a fig leaf that fringe elements are behind such acts. But now its own lawmaker is meting out mob justice outside a courtroom.

By the way, this is what he thinks of the media.

OP Sharma's lumpen-ism isn't surprising. He is merely trying to rise in the ranks of the BJP.

After all, the party has rewarded riot accused leaders like Sanjiv Baliyan and rape-accused Nihal Chand with Union ministerships.

Read- #JNUcrackdown: Why campuses have become the new battlefields

Be like OP Sharma. You may become a minister some day.

Or be like Bassi. You'll be rewarded for doing nothing.

(The views expressed here are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of the organisation.)

Edited by Anna Verghese

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Aditya Menon

Aditya Menon @AdityaMenon22