Political parties press govt to end non-teaching strike

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Patna, Aug 7 (UNI) All political parties in Bihar today joined hands together to corner the state government following its failure in ending the two-month strike of 33,000 Non Teaching Employees (NTEs) of various universities and colleges in the state.

Almost all political parties, including the ruling BJP and JD (U), supported the demands of NTEs and urged the government to accept it and end the strike which was affecting the career of the students across the state.

'Indifferent' attitude of the state government on the issue has forced students' wing of all the political parties--Congress, RJD, NCP, LJP, BJP and JD(U)--to go on agitation as ding-dong battle between the political workers and police have become order of the day in state capital during the past few days.

Recently, AISF and ABVP members had staged demonstration before the residence of state human resources development minister Hari Narain Singh against the failure of the Bihar government in ending the strike which had affected the teaching in universities and colleges. Some of them sustained injuries in the lathicharge by the police and were admitted to hospital.

Students' from various organisations had also blocked the movement of trains in Patna and other parts of the state to protest the failure of the government in ending the strike.

Admissions, results and other routine functioning in the universities and colleges had been adversely affected by the strike, causing delay in academic sessions.

Meanwhile, president of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) Sadanand Singh today said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should intervene to end the strike in the interest of the students.

'' Mr Kumar should personally talk to the delegation of the striking employees and accept their genuine demands,'' he added.

Similar demands were also made by the leaders of other political parties.

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