Sunday, January 29, 2006 01:22:32 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK
LUCKNOW: It was an assembly of students and a highly politicised one at that. The 45th state convention of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad turned out to be more a platform for Sangh Parivar to describe the Mulayam government in the state and UPA government at the Centre as ‘agents of foreign powers’ rather than discussing grassroots problems faced by the youth.
The resolutions put for debate had issues like infiltration by Bangladeshis, Bofors scam and the alleged favour by Congress to Quattrocchi, attack in Ayodhya, naxal violence, terrorist attack in Indian Institute of Science and Muslim appeasement which were high on agenda in comparison to commercialisation of education and unemployment.
The law and order problem in UP besides western UP connections of terrorists was debated more than the problem of criminalisation of university campuses.
The state government was also condemned for giving tickets to dacoits and their family members in panchayat elections and blamed for hundreds of deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis.
The UPA government was pulled up for trying to accord minority status to AMU. The convention was inaugurated by BJP national vice-president Kalyan Singh, who exhorted youth to aggressively pursue Hindutva.