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Rahul`s visit to Punjab university kicks up row

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 19:12

Chandigarh: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi`s scheduled visit to Panjab University campus tomorrow tomorrow for an interaction with students has kicked up a row.

Students organisations are divided on whether or not Rahul should be allowed to hold a rally in the university campus.

The visit has been organised by the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the students` wing of Congress party.

Gandhi is scheduled to address students from Panjab University and colleges in Chandigarh and Punjab as part of his two-day visit to the state.

Panjab University Student`s Union (PUSU) has said political functions cannot be allowed in the campus and questioned the decision of the university authorities to allow the rally.

A PUSU statement read here today "we will protest against the decision to allow Rahul Gandhi`s rally here."

Rahul is expected to reply to questions from students on subjects ranging from politics, education, corruption and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Though the PU Campus Students` Union (PUCSC), the official students` body in Panjab University, has not said anything on the controversy around Rahul`s visit, two student bodies the Students Organisation of India (SOI), a political wing of Akali Dal and the Students` Federation of India (SFI), a CPI students wing - are objecting to his visit.

Both these organisations are part of the ruling alliance in PUCSC, which is led by Students of Panjab University (SOPU).


First Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 19:10
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