The Tamil Nadu government has filed a request on how a college gave its endorsement for Congress president Rahul Gandhi to interface with its students when the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for the election is in power.
Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, in his talk with the students of the Stella Maris College in Chennai on March 13, guaranteed about 33% reservation in government employments for ladies and addressed a few of student’s inquiries.
The Director of Collegiate Education, R Sarumathi guided a subordinate authority to ask ‘immediately’ on the issue and present a report, official sources told PTI.
In a report (dated March 14) to the Regional Joint Director, Chennai Zone, the executive said in perspective on the Lok Sabha decisions the MCC was in power and under such conditions, looked to know ‘ how permission was granted’ by the college for the event.’
Sources said Stella Maris is one of the 10 government supported schools in Chennai. Such foundations are bound by state standards, but on the other hand are relied upon to pursue the MCC.
As indicated by the MCC, showed in the Election Commission site, ‘use of educational institutions, including their grounds (whether government aided, private or government) for political campaigns and rallies is not allowed’.
Whenever contacted, the college authorities declined to state if any request was directed by university office authorities.
The Chief Electoral Officer additionally did not give any comment. Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President K S Alagiri named the request move as a demonstration of ‘vendetta’, by the Bharatiya Janata Party-drove government at the Center through the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime in Tamil Nadu powerless to endure the positive reaction particularly from the youth to the college occasion.
Political pioneers participating in college function has been in vogue for quite a while, he said. The choice to welcome Gandhi was taken a couple of months back by the student union of the college.
Rahul Gandhi partook in the occasion just in his ability as a Member of Parliament and not as the Congress president, he asserted, including ‘the Model Code of Conduct isn’t a bar to take part in such occasions as a MP’.
When Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo had said there was ‘no violation’ of the MCC, what right does the Collegiate division need to seek after the issue, he inquired.
He also added, “If the Tamil Nadu government came forward to take steps against the reputed Stella Maris College, I would like to warn that it will lead to severe consequences.”
The Congress chief requested withdrawal of the official correspondence entrusting an authority to test the issue. In his connection with the students, Rahul Gandhi had raised the issue of the Rafale deal and emphasized his claims about the valuing of the air ship and the procedure.
To a question on his brother-in-law Robert Vadra, he said, the law must apply to everyone and not be connected specifically. He added, “I will be the first person to say it… investigate Robert Vadra, but also investigate Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
Vadra is being examined regarding a money laundering case related to purchase of assets abroad and a land case in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district. Rahul Gandhi likewise in his interaction with the students addressed whether the Prime Minister, Modi, could remain in a large gathering of people and answer individuals’ questions.
Rahul’s visit to Chennai came ahead of the party’s public rally in Nagercoil. Flanked by key TNCC leaders including P Chidambaram, Khushbu, CR Kesavan, and KS Alagiri, Rahul addressed media later that day in the state’s capital before flying to Nagercoil for his public rally.