September 22, 2020

CM, Malik to attend PU gig

Patna: Patna University Students’ Union has convened a Chhatra Samvad (students’ parliament) on June 14, inviting both present and former student leaders.

It has invited Governor Satya Pal Malik, chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi to the function to be held at SK Memorial Hall. All three invited dignitaries started their political career as student leaders.

Malik, who holds a bachelors degree in science and also an LLB from Meerut University, was a student leader and had also participated in the JP Movement. Chief minister Nitish Kumar, a techie from Bihar College of Engineering (now NIT Patna), too was a student leader taking part in the JP Movement with Lalu Prasad.

Sources said Nitish, though not a maverick like Lalu, played a pivotal role in deciding the direction of the JP Movement at the policy level. Nitish, along with other student leaders, stayed in jail for months in connection with the JP Movement.

BJP leader and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi came from Sangh parivar but was an active participant in the JP Movement. A student leader from Patna University, he too was jailed for months in connection with the movement.

Patna University Students Union (Pusu) and the university administration are organising the Chhatra Samvad.

Pusu president Divyanshu Bhardwaj said: “All three dignities have accepted our invitations. Apart from the governor, chief minister and deputy chief minister we have invited all prominent political leaders who emerged from the JP Movement. JDU state president Bashistha Narayan Singh, RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari and others have been invited.”

Apart from students’ leaders from the JP Movement, former elected students’ leaders from different state universities too have been invited to the function. Sources said a large number of student leaders are expected to take part in the Chhatra Samvad, as the students’ bodies’ elections were held in universities this year after a gap of five years.

Former Pusu president Ashish Sinha has been made the president of the Chhatra Samvad. Sinha said: “The main focus of the event is to discuss about the past, present and future of students’ politics. Student leaders will be informed about the rights and duties of student leaders.”

Old students’ leaders taking part in the function will share their experience.

As the Pusu has invited student leaders from different universities, they will also discuss their problems and challenges in their respective units in the presence of vice-chancellors, registrars and other senior university officials.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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