The Panjab University campus, which has seen many events of political nature in the last one year, hosted a cycle rally by supporters of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday inviting objections from the PU security officer who said political activity should not be allowed on campus. AAP supporters, consisting of a few professors and students of the varsity, had planned to start a cycle rally from the Gandhi Bhawan to announce the upcoming visit of senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav to the city on January 12.
However, as soon as the rally started, PU security stepped in and requested the supporters to shift the venue to the Sector 14 market.
“The university is not a ground for political parties and we will not allow any such political activity to be organised in the campus. We made the same request to AAP supporters, whose party caps and banners w
ere evidently speaking of their political move,” said PU security officer Professor Anil Monga, while adding the supporters had not taken permission from the authorities to conduct a rally.
After the intervention, the rally moved to the Sector 14 market where Professor Manjit Singh addressed the gathering and soon after moved out from the campus towards Sector 15.
Former PU Security Officer DSP Vijay Pal was also part of the AAP rally.
The incident comes a day after members of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) burnt an effigy of Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia at the Student Centre for his alleged involvement in a drug racket.
“Most of the times, students go ahead with such events without taking permission, and it is only after the event concludes that we get to hear about them,” said Dean Student Welfare Professor Navdeep Goyal, while adding that politicisation of any kind will be avoided in the campus.
Talking to Newsline, Professor Manjit Singh who led the rally said, “We understand that the varsity needs to follow certain guidelines and that is why we complied and peacefully marched to the market area after the security personnel requested us. But I wonder if the varsity can allow political functions and visits of leaders like Rahul Gandhi, then why not a peaceful cycle rally?”