Radical Islamist activist Aysha Renna, who was projected by a section of Delhi based media as the 'Shero’ of the student protest at the Muslim dominated Jamia Millia Islamia University against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), was forced to tender an apology for criticising Pinarayi Vijayan-led governmentby comrades of Communist Party Of India (Marxist) and members of its youth wng DYFI.
The incident occurred on Saturday (Dec 28) when Renna addressed a rally against CAA and NRC organised in Kondotty organised by CPM, Congress, IUML and several other Muslim groups.
Aysha Renna invited the wrath of communist cadres when she urged the CPM led government to release the students and others recently arrested for participating in the protests against CAA and NRC in the state. Aysha Renna launched an attack on Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan over the arrests of several activists of Welfare Party. The Welfare Party, which was formed in 2011, claims itself as the "voice of the voiceless", with working committee members from Muslim community and other communities.
The furious comrades disrupted Aysha Renna’s speech, asking her to confine her personal opinions within the walls of her. The video of the heckling went viral on social media prompting criticism of the party workers of the ruling party for their anti-women attitude.
The New Indian Express quoted Aysha Renna as saying” It is the inherent nature of some CPM members to suppress the voices of women. They would conduct programmes to empower women and, at the same time, take steps to suppress the voices of women. All of them know about it. However, as far as I understand, there are two opinions among the CPM members on my statement. Some members did not want me to apologise,” Renna said.
Aysha Renna urged women in Kerala to join the protests against CAA. “I want more women to join the protests and come out on the streets. I will try to motivate as many people as possible including women to join the fight against CAA. I will return to Delhi on January 3 and participate in protests in Delhi being organised by the Jamia coordination committee. We will fight until the Central government revokes the Act,” she said.
The incident is seen as a setback to unity of political forces in Kerala ranged against CAA. A Muslim League MLA said that the incident will affect the conduct of protest programmes against CAA.
Aysha Reena, who hails from Kerala, is currently pursuing a Masters in History from Jamia after completing her graduation from Farook college in Malappuram in 2018. She is married to Malayali Muslim journalist Afsal Rahman CA.
Aysha Reena deactivated her Facebook account after several bigoted posts were unearthed on her timeline including her expression of support to Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon. Her husband Afsal Rahman posted on Facebook that remembrance of terror convicts Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon is a duty of every Muslim.
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