Pune, July 30: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) tomorrow where he will meet the protesting students. The students’ association had written a letter to Rahul Gandhi to intervene in the crisis and lend his support to the protesting body. The agitated students have demanded the government to revoke the appointment of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Gajendra Chauhan as the head of the premiere institute. Also Read - Centre Targeting Those Supporting Farmers: Rahul Gandhi on I-T Raids on Taapsee Pannu & Anurag Kashyap
The students’ plight will get a strong voice with Rahul Gandhi lending his support to their campaign. It will also provide an opportunity for the Congress leader to gain political mileage, as he has already launched a scathing attack against the BJP government. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021: AIADMK, DMK Continue Seat-sharing Talks, Fate of Sasikala to be Decided
In his letter to Rahul Gandhi, FTTI students’ association President Harishankar Nachimuthu sought his intervention to prevent the alleged politicisation of the institute. The Congress Vice President is scheduled to reach Pune on Friday morning. (ALSO READ: Protesting FTII students seek Rahul Gandhi’s intervention) Also Read - Delhi MCD Election Results 2021 Updates: AAP Wins 4 Seats, Congress 1; Kejriwal, Sisodia Laud Victory
The appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the governing council has received flak. Apart from the protesting students, a major segment of the film fraternity has criticised the move by the government. Chauhan, best known for his role as Yudishtra in the tele-series ‘Mahabharat’, is accused of possessing below the par knowledge of cinema.
The protest initiated by the students and alumnus has crossed more than 60 days. However, the government has remain unmoved. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyawardhan Rathore has proposed the possibility of discussion, if the students immediately switch back to classes. However, the protesters have shown no sign of relent.