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Problems at PU? Politicians to the rescue

With election fever tightening its grip on the city,the contesting politicians are trying to cash in on every opportunity to canvass for votes.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
April 15, 2009 3:41:34 am

With election fever tightening its grip on the city,the contesting politicians are trying to cash in on every opportunity to canvass for votes.

On Tuesday,BJP leader Satya Pal Jain visited the Panjab University to pacify a handful of students who had collected to protest the imposition of Value Added Tax on eatables at the Students’ Centre. As the day was a holiday (Dr B R Ambedkar’s birth anniversary),not many people could be spotted in the entire university but the protestors — around 15 supporters of the ABVP — patiently waited for Jain to arrive and accept their memorandum.

A senior faculty member said: “Though the food prices have risen by just Rs 2 to 3 but party leaders have now got an issue to protest about. Students,who otherwise drive fancy cars,have a problem paying a rupee extra for eatables. This is nothing but a political gimmick to invite attention. Such people could not care less about actual problems but are ever-ready to take up such frivolous issues.”

Though the PU authorities have explained several times that the decision regarding VAT has been implemented by the Chandigarh Administration,the students choose to blame the varsity only and carry on with their protests.

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First published on: 15-04-2009 at 03:41:34 am

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