Even media personnel were stopped from entering the university for coverage
Ludhiana, November 1, 2023: During the Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann’s ‘Main Punjab Bolda Haan’ debate at Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, heavy police force, including anti-riot units, was deployed at the entrance points on Wednesday and access to the event was denied to the public.
An official spokesperson of AAP said, “We believe that there was a slight confusion with respect to the format of the event in certain media houses. First of all, it was not a press conference. It was a debate which was planned to be held among heads of different political parties. It was telecast live on all channels.”
According to the news published in The Tribune, after they were barred from entering the university, members of various unions, organisations and Opposition leaders staged protests and raised slogans against the government outside the university.
The main road and service lane leading to gate number 1 and 2 of the PAU on Ferozepur Road, Ludhiana, were closed to traffic, inconveniencing commuters.
Expressing anger against the government, the overage multipurpose health workers, the Unemployed PTI Teachers Union, veterinary artificial insemination workers, the Arts and Crafts TET Pass Berozgar Adhyapak Union and several others staged protests outside the university.
Even media personnel were stopped from entering the university for coverage. Mobile phone and internet use were restricted due to signal jammers in and around the venue.