Osmania University (OU) is one of India’s oldest universities and has a rich history of student politics going back decades. OU has denied permission to Rahul Gandhi to interact with students on campus on May 7. The party has alleged that this was being done at the behest of the ruling TRS-led government.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is gearing up to visit Telangana on May 6 and 7. The state unit of the party is mulling a grand meeting of almost 5 lakh supporters in Warangal. The OU in Hyderabad played a major role in the formation of the new state of Telangana.
Rahul Gandhi will not get a chance to address students or staff at the university because officials have denied permission, saying that political meetings are not allowed on the campus.
However, the Telangana Congress is still hoping to get Rahul Gandhi to visit the university campus and interact with students.
Congress criticizes TRS
The Congress has severely criticised the role of the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government in denying permission for Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with students in OU.
In connection with Rahul’s visit to the state, police have arrested at least 18 National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) workers (an outfit of the Congress students wing), including president B Venkat, who were demanding permission of Rahul Gandhi for the meeting.
“Why are the KCR and KTR companies fearing Rahul Gandhi so much?” asked MP Revanth Reddy. He also condemned the arrests of NSUI and Youth Congress members.
Congress spokesperson Sravan expressed serious concern and said, “It is shameful that the TRS Government has denied permission for Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Osmania University.” KCR, KTR, and the company should remember that it was because of Congress president Sonia Gandhi that Telangana state was achieved and all the power being enjoyed by KCR and his family is because of her. “
“Forgetting everything, how can they deny permission to Soniaji’s son, when he wanted to visit OU to find out about students’ and unemployed people’s problems?” questioned Sravan.
On Monday, Telangana Congress President Revanth Reddy instructed party members to burn effigies of Telangana Chief Minister KCR in protest of the arrests of student leaders.
The Congress said that the proposed meeting organised by NSUI was completely “apolitical” and that “Rahul Gandhi only wanted to interact with students to find out about their problems and not address any public meeting.”