Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a tweet on Friday, lent support to agitating students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, while urging the Centre to intervene to find a solution to the logjam.
“The central government must resolve the prevailing unrest at the FTII Pune. They must take the students and teachers into confidence,” she tweeted. Without naming any party, Mamata said in another tweet: “Political purpose should not stand in the way, institutions are above everything.”
Students at the premier film institute have been boycotting their classes for 71 days now following the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan — best known for playing the character of Yudhisthir in TV serial Mahabharata — as its chairman.
On Friday, students of Jadavpur University organised a rally from College Square in Kolkata, expressing solidarity with FTII students.
The state BJP, however, condemned the agitation and termed it a “provocation”. A press release issued by the party said that “after successfully politicising the issue by inviting Rahul Gandhi (Congress vice-president), they are now collaborating with Naxal elements in various universities in their opposition to us”. It added that the agitation was purely political.
JU students, in another statement, said: “The illegal lathicharging of students in the rally towards BJP Bhavan demanding immediate withdrawal of Gajendra Singh as the chairman was condemnable.”