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Panjab University: Student unions protest

The student leaders alleged that the entire event was merely a ‘politically choreographed show’, and had nothing to do with the welfare of the students.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: January 29, 2016 4:28:21 am
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ACTIVISTS OF Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC), along with leaders of Students Organisation of India (SOI), an organisation of Shiromani Akali Dal, Thursday staged a protest rally outside the Law Auditorium of Panjab University here, when Punjab Congress President, Capt Amarinder Singh was having an informal interaction with the students.

The student leaders alleged that the entire event was merely a ‘politically choreographed show’, and had nothing to do with the welfare of the students.
“Rather than addressing the students’ issues, the interaction was about political agenda which is being pushed by the Congress ahead of the Assembly elections,” said Parambans Singh Romana. He is SOI coordinator and chairman of the party’s youth development board.

The student leaders also said during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder had done nothing for the welfare of the students specifically. “Keeping up the promises made by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, we have at least worked towards providing basic facilities such as solar panels and better hostel services in the university,” a member of SOI added.

In the interaction, Capt. Amarinder said he would work towards creating more jobs for the students, when he was the one who banned recruitment of fresh graduates in government jobs, when he was elected as the Chief Minister. Not only this, he had also implemented a system that ensured no recruitment against retirement in government jobs. It is indeed hypocritical of the Congress to push a political agenda this way,” added Romana.

Twelve members of SOI who had gathered outside the venue were also detained by the police on Thursday, and were released in the evening. “All we wanted to do was raise these questions in front of the Congress state chief, but the UT Administration did not allow us to reach the auditorium,” said SOI Chandigarh president Vicky Middukhera.

According to the police, the twelve students were detained as the police had apprehensions of the students causing ruckus. Narender Patial, SHO of Sector 11 police station, said, “We wanted everything to go peacefully. No complaints were registered.”

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