Members of the national Students Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest outside Panjab University as International Yoga Day was celebrated across Chandigarh Tuesday.
Around 50 volunteers gathered outside PU’s Gate No 1 to observe ‘berozgar diwas’ against the Modi-led NDA government.
“The BJP government has been making a lot of hollow promises to the youth of the country. We were promised that two crore jobs will be created for the youth, but nothing has been done yet. Instead of investing in that, the government is spending money on Yoga Day,” one of the protesters told the Chandigarh Newsline. The students also raised slogans criticising the laid-back attitude of the government towards the education sector in the country. “I want to save my country from the false promises made by PM Modi. We were promised jobs. Where are those jobs? The youth is still unemployed and their potential is untapped,” said a senior NSUI leader Manoj Lubana.
Speaking about the need to focus on issues of national interest, Chandan Rana added, “Our motive is to bring this issue to the notice of the common man as well as to the PM who has forgotten what he had promised to the youth. This event was an eye-opener on the little things being offered to the people of the country so that their attention is not drawn to bigger issues like this one.”
As the protest gathered momentum, police was deployed at the protest venue. Thirteen leaders were even detained by the police for nearly three hours. “We did not want any untoward incident, as the PM was in the city. The students were however released later,” a police official said.