Students of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), who have been protesting for the past 19 days, got a shot in the arm after two members of Parliament (MPs) Ravneet Bittu from Ludhiana and Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur vowed to get their demands met by putting pressure on the state government.
Interestingly, both hailing from rival political parties, Mann from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bittu from Congress, came on the same platform to highlight the students’ grievances.
On Friday evening, both assured support to the students, who have been protesting outside gate number 5 of the university since June 2. This was the second time Bittu met the students. He had earlier submitted a memorandum to the Punjab government listing the students’ plight, but failed to get any response, according to the MP.
Mann, in his first meeting with the students, said, “Where is Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who often talks about opportunities for women? Is she aware that students, including girls are on the road and struggling for employment for over two weeks?”
He decided to spend the night with the students on the road, while Bittu announced that the busy Ferozepur Road could be blocked if the state government failed to give concrete answer by 12pm.
“We are certainly not going to give up and are thankful to MPs who came forward to support us. We are also planning to get in touch with international media and various national and international human rights commissions to express our plight. We will give them the clear picture about the state where the youth continue to suffer, while the government is promoting brain drain,” the students said unanimously.