Sarma blamed students and teachers inspired by Left ideology for the violence at educational institutions.
"Wherever you have Left-oriented teachers and students, they don't want to allow those who don't subscribe to their ideology to enter the campus. If you take up any other institute, you can go there easily and deliver a speech. Left has been spreading anarchy in the educational institutions," he said.
Others from BJP and JNU's V-C also criticized Deepika
Sarma is hardly the first BJP leader to dismiss Deepika's JNU visit. Ashish Shelar, a politician from Maharashtra, advised the actress to not act like Mastani (referring to her character in Bajirao Mastani) as she doesn't have a director behind her.
JNU's V-C M Jagadesh Kumar, whose ouster some students are demanding after the violence, also hinted he isn't a fan of Deepika's actions.
"I would like to ask all those great personalities coming to support agitators, what about thousands of students and teachers who are deprived of their rights of doing research and teaching? Why can't you stand with them," Kumar asked.
Deepika attending JNU when Bollywood stars have largely chosen to remain quiet got her appreciation. But some social media users asked to boycott her latest movie.
Fortunately, her colleagues have stood by her with Varun Dhawan saying, "The 'boycott' word was used for my film 'Dilwale' which I did with Shah Rukh Khan. For "Padmaavat" too 'boycott' was used. These are tactics to scare."