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Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi Govt, lends support to FTII students
Sakal Times | Friday, 31 July 2015 AT 11:58 AM IST
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PUNE: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday mounted a blistering attack on the Modi government saying the RSS and its ideologues were "undermining" educational, bureaucratic and judicial systems and "bullying" critics as "anti-national" and "anti-Hindu".

He had a two-hour long interaction with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students at the main theatre of the institute apparently to extend his solidarity with the agitating students.

The FTII students are on strike for the past 50 days demanding the Union government to roll back its decision to appoint the TV actor cum BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the FTII governing council.

Gandhi was accompanied by other Congress leaders like Raj Babbar, Khushboo and Chiranjeevi.

The senior Congress leader attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing comparisons between the Congress and the BJP and remarking no one other than Modi can say anything" in the BJP. "RSS and its ideologues are systematically promoting mediocre people in the system...they are hell-bent on undermining the educational institutions' stature...it is not going on just in the education system but also in bureaucratic and judicial systems,” Gandhi said.

Assuring the students that he would raise the issue in Lok Sabha, Gandhi alleged that the Government was suppressing the voice of the students by refusing to have a meaningful discussion on their demands. "They (students) have only one demand that they (want to) have a discussion and want their voice to be heard. All that the students are saying is that there should be a discussion and their voice should be heard".

Later talking to the media, Gandhi said that he is ready to help the students in whatever way he could. “Their concern is justified and the government should hear them out and have a discussion with them,” he said. The FTII Students Association said that Gandhi stressed that institutes like IITs, IIMs, FTII etc shouldn't be privatised.

Speaking to media persons, Vikas Urs, General Secretary, FTII Students' Association, said “We have reached out to all elected representatives. Some have replied back to us expressing their support to our demands. Rahul Gandhi was one of them.”

(with inputs from PTI)


Sanjay - Friday, 31 July 2015 AT 05:32 PM IST
Actor, on again...

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