Swapan Dasgupta, BJP Rajya Sabha MP was locked in a building at Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan in West Bengal. Dasgupta claimed that he came to address a lecture series at the university on Citizenship Amendment Act. Speaking to ANI, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta said, "I had come to Visva Bharati to address a lecture series on Citizenship Amendment Bill. It was not a party program". Students affiliated to Left student organisations held a protest at Visva Bharati University in West Bengal’s Birbhum against the Vice Chancellor’s decision to invite just one speaker and not bring in opposing points of view. The students were also protesting the “attempted saffronisation of the university.”