THE newly-elected president of Allahabad University Student Union (AUSU), Richa Singh, has announced to not let BJP MP Yogi Adityanath enter university campus terming him a “controversial and communal” leader.
The move has invited sharp reactions from other union members, who belong to RSS’s students wing ABVP, who had got cards printed inviting Adityanath as chief guest for inaugurating the AUSU building on November 20. The AUSU, in every academic session, organises a formal inauguration of its building.
The AUSU body currently has four members belonging to ABVP on the posts of vice-president, general secretary and cultural secretary. Richa had won president’s post as an independent. Samajwadi Party’s Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha (SCS) had supported her.
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“Yogi Adiyanath is a controversial leader who speaks on communal lines against Muslims. Here we have Muslim students too in the university. If any riot-like situation occurred after his speech on the campus, who will be responsible? ABVP members invited Adityanath without consulting me and that is against the AUSU constitution,” said Richa, the first woman to be elected to president’s post in the 128-year history of the university.
She said any educationist or Union minister was supposed to be invited to the event as “Adityanath has no contribution in the field of education”.
On Tuesday, Richa ran a campaign on the campus and in hostels making an appeal to the students to boycott the November 20 event and support her in the protest against Adityanath. She said that a protest march will be taken out on campus on Thursday while protest will also be staged at the programme venue on Friday. She also denied the ABVP allegation that she was opposing Adityanath’s visit because she was “inspired from Leftists ideology”.
“She follows an opposite ideology, like that of the of SFI (Students’ Federation of India) and AISA (All India Students Association). She was invited in all the meetings related to the event but she boycotted. She only attended the Monday meeting that was called by the vice-chancellor (V-C) to finalise the venue of event. The event will be organised as per schedule on grand scale at the convocation ground,” said AUSU vice-president Vikrant Singh.
He claimed said various BJP MPs, including Shyamacharan Gupta of Allahabad, Vinod Sonkar of Kaushambi, Keshav Maurya of Phulpur and Virendra Singh Mast of Bhadohi, have been invited to the event along with various dignitaries.
ABVP members had got the invitation cards printed with Richa’s name and distributed all of it. She, however, issued a statement Tuesday claiming that she was not associated with the event.
University authorities tried to intervene into the matter to resolve the issue but a meeting called by the V-C Prof A Satyanarayana concluded after heated arguments between the two groups of AUSU members. University proctor N K Shukla said that AUSU president did not agree with the decision of other union members who have invited Adityanath.
“The meeting held on Monday and Tuesday had been called to discuss over the venue. As per the tradition, the event is organised at AUSU building every year. But, as several MPs are coming this year, permission has been granted for holding the event at convocation ground near Arts faculty for security reasons,” Shukla said.
To avoid any untoward incident and check entry of outsiders on November 20, university administration has issued a notice for the students to ensure that they come with their identity cards.