Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's scheduled visit to Panjab University campus for an interaction with students has kicked up a row. Student 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, "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) at the varsity campus today.
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).