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Mamata Banerjee warns against irregularities in college admissions

Kolkata, July 2: Amid allegations of extortion of money from students in the name of admissions in Kolkata colleges, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday paid a surprise visit to Asutosh College here and warned of “strong action” against anyone indulging in irregularities during the admission process. “I was also into student politics. I have spent nearly six-seven years of my student politics in this college. That’s why I have come here to know the situation. So far, I have not received any complaint from the students or their guardians,” said Banerjee, who was a student of the South Kolkata college. Banerjee said the students’ unions should be “helping hands” for the students and make sure that those from poor families also get a chance to pursue higher education. “Some students come from economically weak background but that is not their fault. They should be given chance to pursue higher education. If some people are demanding money in lieu of admissions, this is absolutely wrong. I will ask them not to do it. Otherwise, the government will take strong action according to law,” Banerjee said. (IANS)