As the Citizenship Amendment Act protests have engulfed the entire country, Delhi Universities Joint Committee of Action Against CAA organised an anti-CAA meeting, 'We the people against CAA/NRC' with Zeeshan Ayyub, Arundhati Rai and Swara Bhasker (initially) as the key speakers. The meeting was scheduled for December 25, Art Faculty Gate, North Campus, DU at 12:00 pm.
The poster of the anti-CAA protest meeting, which has been heavily circulated on social media, bears Afzal Guru and Burhan Wani's pictures with slogans that reads, 'Bharat tere tukde tukde hongey, Inshallah Inshallah,' Inquilaab Zindabad.'
Swara Bhasker claims
Swara Bhasker took to her Twitter handle and shared a picture of the poster of the anti-CAA meeting calling it fake. She also posted another poster along with it. She tweeted, "How the fake news factory operates.. note how Babasaheb Ambedkar & Bhagat Singh's photos & Constitutional slogans have been replaced by Burhan Wani, Afzal Guru & anti-Indian slogans."
Reality check: DU Law student clears air
International Business Times, India, reached out to Mayank Yadav, co-founder of Samvidhan Bachao Sangharsh Samiti organising the meet. Earlier, Yadav shared posts of the protests on Facebook along with the poster featuring Bhagat Singh and BR Ambedkar. The poster read, 'Constitution long live, Secularism long live, Jai Bharat, Jai Bheem.'
Yadav shared, "In Delhi University we are conducting a gathering against unconstitutional citizenship law. Arundhati Roy, film actor Zeeshan Ayub, and actress Swara Bhasker will speak in DU! This, the student leaders will also keep their words from all the university of the country!"
According to Yadav, "After sharing the original poster of the meeting, I got a call from Maurice Nagar police station, situated close to DU, enquiring about the fake poster bearing Afzal Guru and Burhan Wani's picture which was being circulated. I informed the police that the image was fake and condemn it right away. The picture was circulated to defame the meeting"
After which he shared a series of posts on Facebook which read, "Colleagues, I just got information from the police that the poster below is being circuited on social media, which is completely fake! I strongly condemn this kind of bad act by RSS and its children to defame our tomorrow program. The correct poster is in the comments section."
Swara Bhasker replaced by another speaker
Yadav also posted a fresh poster as Swara Bhasker could not make it to the meeting as a speaker. Economist, Arun Kumar replaced Swara as the key speaker. In a series of tweets, Swara claimed that her name was added to the list, erroneously. During the interview, Yadav clarified that due to certain misunderstandings Swara's name was added to the event list and that she was unable to join the event.
Later, Yadav shared an image of an updated poster and text message for the event. The third speaker at the event was economist Arun Kumar.
Yadav wrote, " Tomorrow (December 25), the preparation for the gathering on the black convention of citizenship in DU has been completed. Arundhati Roy Zeeshan Ayub, Arun Kumar, Pradeep Narwal from Haryana State Congress, Akshay Lakra from NSUI, Nadeem Khan, from JNUSU to Satish, TISS from Mumbai to Fahad Ahmed, AMU to Faizul, from Jamia to Chanda Yadav and Chandan Kumar, Mulayam Singh from JNU, Dalit active Prashant Kanojia etc speakers are coming."