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Rahul`s meet with Cong activists in Goa varsity draws flak

Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 11:44

Panaji: All India Congress Committee
General Secretary Rahul Gandhi`s meeting with Youth Congress
members in Goa University`s administrative building here has
invited flak from the varsity authorities.

"It`s total inappropriate use of permission given by
Goa University," Registrar Mohan Sangodkar said last evening.

The varsity officials were angered over Goa Pradesh
Youth Congress Committee`s (GPYCC) meeting with Gandhi in the
conference hall, allotted to them as a stand-by arrangement.

Gandhi is in-charge of Youth Congress and the party`s
student wing NSUI. The 39-year-old Lok Sabha MP on Tuesday had
addressed 1,500 students at the university ground and later
met Youth Congress activists in the varsity`s conference room.

"Whenever VVIPs come, a safe place is arranged for
emergency purpose or if they want to hold some confidential
discussions," Sangodkar said.

"Since they (Youth Congress) approached us with the
request for the room, we said okay. But nobody knew that it
would be used for the type of (political) meeting, which was
held in it," the Registrar said.

Sangodkar said the university has noticed the
inappropriate use of its premises and matter would be brought
with the authorities. "The university has its own hierarchy.
It has its own body to take action... we will place the matter
before them."

This was the second awkward situation for the
university in as many days.

A day before Gandhi`s visit, the university`s decision
to issue a circular asking students to participate in the
interaction with him drew protests from BJP`s student wing,
which managed to force the varsity to withdraw the directive
barely hours before the Congress youth icon arrived in Goa.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 11:44
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