The Goa University (GU) Thursday blamed the Youth
for keeping it in the dark on the political nature of Congress
general secretary Rahul
The varsity's registrar Mohan Sangodkar
told reporters here that action would be taken against those who
sought permission for the Congress leader's meetings.
"What they (Youth Congress) have done is
not right at all. It's totally an inappropriate use of the
permission given by the Goa University," Sangodkar said.
The varsity was under siege by members of
the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyathi Parishad, the
wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a day before Gandhi's
Tuesday visit. The protesters had alleged that the GU campus had
been politicized in connivance with the authorities, which had
allowed three political meetings on the apolitical campus.
The three meetings Tuesday, which created
a lot of controversy in the state, included Gandhi's interaction
with Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI)
members, with Youth Congress members in the varsity's conference
room and his speech to the Pradesh Congress Committee officials.
Sangodkar says the conference room was
allotted to the Youth Congress only as a "stand by" arrangement.
"Whenever a VVIP comes to the university,
a safe house is arranged for emergency purpose or confidential
discussions. Nobody knew that it would be used for the type of
meeting, which was finally held in it," he added.
The registrar, under pressure from the BJP, was also forced to
withdraw a circular inviting students from all parts of Goa to
attend the interaction session with Gandhi Tuesday.