Sanjeev Balyan, a Union Minister, known for controversial comments, announced on Wednesday that he knew the "right cure" for students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jamia Millia Islamia, where there were clashes recently during protests against the citizenship amendment act.
"I request (Defence Minister) Rajnath Singh-ji. Those at JNU and Jamia who shout anti-national slogans, there is only one cure for them. Have 10 per cent quota from western UP...everyone will be cured and nothing else will be needed," Sanjeev Balyan said at a rally in Meerut.
Several people, including students in across India, have taken to the street since last month to protest the new citizenship act that they say discriminates against the minority Muslim community.
Violence erupted at Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia university in December during a protest against the citizenship act. Cops were accused of using excessive force on students. Earlier in January, masked goons attacked students and teachers at JNU, triggering nationwide outrage and protests.
Sanjeev Balyan is Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairying in the Modi government and was also a junior minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first term.