Buoyed by support from many parties Congress members from both Houses sat in protest for nearly an hour near the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the Parliament complex.
National Award-winning film-maker Girish Kasaravalli today hit out at BJP MP and actor Paresh Rawal for his jibe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in connection with the row over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the FTII chairman.
“On the land issue, Congress stood in front of them. They (government) shouted, made too much noise, threatened and later made a U-turn and ran off,” the Congress Vice President said.
Rahul Gandhi had visited the FTII campus in Pune last Friday and attacked the RSS ideology alleging that it was systematically promoting “mediocrity” in various institutions.
“I would like to tell Rahul Gandhi humbly that I too am a ‘swayamsevak’ (RSS volunteer) and many ministers, including the Prime Minister, in this government are ‘swayamsevaks’,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The Congress vice president also demanded that he be apprised of the political history of the city and was felicitated with a turban and memento as part of recently held celebration of 75th anniversary of Congress Bhavan.
Rahul Gandhi said he was against privatisation of the institute and that he would back the demands of the students.
Since the meetings he had held with party workers before the 2012 state elections, Rahul’s visits to Uttar Pradesh have been mainly limited to his constituency Amethi, except while he was campaigning for the LS polls last year.
Earlier FTII students had written to him seeking his intervention to check the ‘assault on institutions of higher learning’.
Nirmala disagreed with a suggestion that a cross section of people with high expectations was not happy with Narendra Modi’s performance of one year in office.
Congress said that the court would decide on Swaraj’s plea that her intervention to help former IPL chief Lalit Modi secure British travel documents was a humanitarian gesture.
‘The Congress is committed to giving special status to Andhra Pradesh as well as fighting for the Polavaram project,’ he said.
‘If Rahul Gandhi does not apologise, then it is a serious problem. We will have to file criminal defamation case against him,’ said Gadkari while describing his remarks against Swaraj as ‘childish’.
Congress VP Rahul Gandhi said PM Narendra Modi has understood that he cannot push farmers, after the agrarians showed their strength.
Gandhi’s visit, the first after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, is being seen as an effort to strengthen the party’s base in the state
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