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We enjoy minority support too: ABVP

IT IS a wrong notion that the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) does not enjoy the support and confidence of people belonging to the minority community. There are quite a few ABVP representatives who are from the minority community, said ABVP office-bearers on the second day of its convention on Saturday.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 00:55 IST

IT IS a wrong notion that the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) does not enjoy the support and confidence of people belonging to the minority community. There are quite a few ABVP representatives who are from the minority community, said ABVP office-bearers on the second day of its convention on Saturday.

Nevertheless, the Hindutva point of view dominated the convention. However, they tried to project themselves as open to the minority community as well.

They were averse to giving the minority status to AMU and believe that reservations would not help the cause. ABVP members flayed HRD Minister Arjun Singh’s plan to give special privileges to minority people as they reckon such things will discriminate against majority community students. They averred that commercialisation of education be stopped as this would affect the interest of meritorious students.

They also admitted that maybe at some point, student leaders with a shady character may have got ABVP ticket to contest students’ union polls but such cases are very few and decreasing by the time.

They promised that ABVP would ensure that these are curtailed and only those who are associated with ABVP, be given tickets.

They demanded that the Union Government must make an effort to throw Bangladeshi intruders out of the country, as their numbers are increasing at fast pace. “About 30 crore Indians are living below poverty line and the country is not in a position to let three crore Bangladeshis stay here,” said ABVP vice-president Renu Mathur.

While formally inaugurating the convention, former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh said whatever claim the government makes, there is no denying that the country has not moved backward after Independence. About 15 crore people are struggling for employment and farmers are committing suicide.

Later in the evening, the ABVP activists took out a Shobha Yatra from Saraswati Sishu Mandir, Nirala Nagar, carrying saffron flags and placards. They dubbed the present Mulayam Singh government as traitors. They said that this government has failed on every front.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 00:55 IST