CM meets PM, seeks parity in gas pricing

He said that most of these issues not only adversely affect the economic growth and development of the state but also put common people, especially farmers and marginalised sections of society, in very difficult and distressful conditions.

"The PM has assured that he will himself look into these issues," he added.

Chief minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Shri Ram College of Commerce turned one end of Delhi University into a protest zone on Wednesday and police used water cannons and lathis to disperse students protesting against him.

Waving black flags and shouting anti-Modi slogans, students led by Left wing organisations assembled near SRCC and tried to get past police barricades on the stretch to the college from Patel Chest Institute. The students clashed with police after they got past the first barricade. Police resorted to a lathicharge and turned on the water cannons to break up the protest.

"We were told that some student organisations were planning to hold demonstrations. Barricades were put up to restrain the crowd," DCP (North) Sindhu Pillai said. "Water cannons were used only for a minute or so. The crowd broke the first barricade and was trying to break the second one too. We had to take steps to restrain them."

Piyush Raj of the All India Students' Association said: "We were protesting peacefully when some students tried to climb over the police barricades. I moved to the front to pacify by the crowd. I also told the police that we were trying to keep the protest peaceful. But I was pulled down from the barricade and detained by police."

Sunny Kumar, among the protesters on the street, said: "It is a shame that a person under whose leadership the Gujarat riots took place is being allowed to use the legitimacy of academic spaces like Delhi University for his prime ministerial ambitions. Progressive democratic voices in Delhi cannot let this happen, so we are protesting."

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