Pardapash Exclusive: Lucknow University is not a political hunting ground anymore

Lucknow: Police overpower Samajwadi Party's students wing members who showed black flags to the fleet of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Wednesday. PTI Photo(PTI6_7_2017_000238B)
Lucknow: Police overpower Samajwadi Party’s students wing members who showed black flags to the fleet of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Wednesday. PTI Photo(PTI6_7_2017_000238B)

Eleven Lucknow University students are in a district prison for the last seven days. Their crime was to show black flags to UP CM Yogi Adityanath in addition to holding up his fleet of cars for more than five minutes during his recent University visit.

The bail was denied by the lower court. The prosecution was given a clear cut instruction to oppose bail so that it can give a lesson to the disturbing elements.

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The police has filed the case under serious charges.

Yogi Adityanath was not happy with the incident. In his speech, he labelled these students as “ugravadi,” and wanted an answer from officials how they gotten close to his fleet of vehicles.

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Of the students jailed, four come from CPI(M)’s student wing while six are from the SP.

The surprising thing is that the SP have not supported their students so far.

Former CM Akhilesh Yadav had once upon a time supported these student leaders – but that was way back.

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These student organisations played a pivotal part in helping Akhilesh emerge as the youth face of the party.

But Akhilesh seems to have completely forgotten these student.

This case calls for an analysis of student politics in Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati never gave a go ahead to student elections during her tenure as CM.

The Congress’ NSUI has been defunct for long.

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Things were quite different in the good old days. In the 1980s, all the prominent parties treated universities as a talent pool to nurture future leaders.

Two Lucknow University student union presidents, Arvind Singh Gope and Brajesh Pathak are the known figure in UP politics.