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Gurmehar's grandfather lashes out at politicians for ongoing 'drama'

| Updated: Feb 28, 2017 20:22 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): As the controversy surrounding Gurmehar Kaur's video message is getting murkier, her grandfather Kanwaljeet Singh today lashed out at the politicians and said that they should refrain from giving any statement. "Drama is being created which shouldn't be highlighted. Politicians must refrain from giving statements," Kanwaljeet told ANI. Earlier in the day, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju alleged that the Leftists were misleading the youth. "She (Gurmehar Kaur) is a young girl, creating controversy over her isn't right. It is about leftists who celebrate when our jawans die. They mislead the youth and it is not right," Rijiju told media. Rijiju further said that Kaur is daughter of a Kargil martyr whose soul must be weeping by seeing his daughter being misguided by those who celebrate on the bodies of martyrs. Meanwhile, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge came out in defence of Kaur, saying she is being portrayed as if she is under some influence. "The student (Gurmehar Kaur) is being blamed and called an anti-national. It is being portrayed that she is under some influence," Kharge told ANI. Kaur, who is a Delhi University student and daughter of Kargil war martyr, invited a stir by posting a message against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on social media. Kaur also visited the Delhi Commission for Women alleging that she received rape threats on social media for posting the message. The Delhi Police also filed an FIR against the rape threat to Kaur. The FIR was registered under relevant Sections of the IT Act and IPC. The entire controversy gained momentum after last week's clash that erupted between Left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backed ABVP over cancellation of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid's talk at Delhi University's Ramjas College. The seminar was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP. (ANI)