BJP leader Ajay Agrawal, who had unsuccessfully contested last year’s Lok Sabha election from Rae Bareli, Sunday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of not taking care of the first ever degree college in the constituency that her father-in-law, Feroze Gandhi, had established. The college was named after Feroze Gandhi after his death in 1960.
In a press conference here, Agrawal said Feroze Gandhi had worked and toured across the country to get funds for establishing the first institution of higher education in Rae Bareli. He said Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, then vice-president of India and chairman of the Rajya Sabha, in his condolence speech had stated that “over work had resulted in Feroze Gandhi’s death”.
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“Around 10,000 students were enrolled 10 years ago in the college that had 110 teachers. Now, the number of students has reduced to around 5,000 while there are only 31 teachers at present. Sonia Gandhi is responsible for this condition of the college because she did not care for it,” Agrawal alleged.
The BJP leader claimed that in 2011, Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar University had proposed to make the college a constituent institution but the HRD ministry had stopped working on the proposal on the directives of Sonia Gandhi who wanted to declare it in the election year. “But that never happened,” he said.
Agrawal said that Sonia has done nothing for revival of ITI that is running in poor condition despite having infrastructure and machinery.