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Goa University Chancellor Seeks Report On Rahul Row

PTI 23 Jan 2010, 16:56:50 PM IST

State Governor and Goa University Chancellor S S Siddhu has sought a report from the Vice- Chancellor on the controversy over Congress MP's Rahul Gandhi's meeting in the varsity campus earlier this week.

The direction came last evening, hours after University Registrar Mohan Sangodkar offered to quit owing responsibility for the political event in the varsity premises.

Raj Bhavan officials stated that Siddhu last evening asked Vice-Chancellor Dilip Deobagkar to furnish a detailed report when the latter came to meet him.

"Chancellor has been reading various newspaper reports on the controversy. He has asked VC to give a factual report on All India Congress Committee General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's visit to the campus," N Radhakrishnan, Special Secretary to Governor, told PTI today.

He said the Chancellor wanted to know the actual fact behind the entire controversy.

Gandhi's interaction with students at Goa University ground on January 19 and subsequent meeting with Youth Congress workers in the administrative building of the institute had kicked off a major row.

Main Opposition BJP had taken a strong objection to organising a political meet in the educational institute and sought the Registrar's ouster.

Under fire, Sangodkar yesterday offered to resign, saying "I am holding myself responsible for everything".

The Congress-led State Government, however, has stood by the Registrar.

Chief Minister Digamber Kamat has stated that the function was non-political in nature and there was no need for Sangodkar to step down. PTI