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ABVP denies disrupting Delhi University's seminar

Nov 07, 2008 10:33 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Things took an ugly turn at Delhi University on Thursday when Bharatiya Janta Party’s student wing — Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) — shouted slogans and vandalised room number 22 of the Arts Faculty, where teachers and students were holding a seminar on forces of democracy. While the right wing politics clashed openly with the left, the ABVP was quick to wash its hand off the whole incident. “I am denying the fact that I know him or have anything to do with him,” ABVP president Nupur Sharma said. “(At the seminar) why was there only one viewpoint on terrorism in India? Why was the other side not invited,” she said. The other side — the organisers of the meet — marched to the Vice Chancellors’ office on Friday, demanding action against the hooligans “This is our right to speak. No one can stop us. University is in cahoots with them,” Tripta Wahi, Reader at Hindu College, says. Students allege that the timing hints at a political conspiracy. “If ABVP is involved, then so is BJP. It is forces such as the RSS who are backing them,” Khalid Arshad, a law student at Delhi University, alleges. But the man in the middle of the controversy is unperturbed. “Some fascist forces are trying to sink our democratic space but we will not let them do that,” SAR Geelani, a lecturer at DU says. As Delhi elections inch closer, campus politics can be seen at its peak.

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