Chennai: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’ recent interaction with the students of the Stella Maris College in Chennai on Wednesday has given rise to a controversy after Tamil Nadu government has ordered a probe into how a college gave its accent for the Congress president to interact with its students after the Model Code of Conduct has been put in place.
The Directorate of Collegiate Education has sought a report regarding the conduct of the political event at the college.
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K.S. Alagiri said Mr. Gandhi’s interaction with the students was fixed months ago.
Mr. Alagiri said, “The Students’ Union of the College had decided to invite Mr. Rahul Gandhi a few months ago itself. It was decided that he will interact with the students when he visits Chennai and hence the interaction happened on March 13″.
Mr. Alagiri also referred to the Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo’s comments, on the same day when Mr. Gandhi addressed the students. In which it was said that the meeting would not constitute a violation since prior permission was sought for the meeting and it was the college that invited him to speak to the students.
I want to thank the students & staff at Stella Maris College, Chennai for a wonderful interaction today. The energy was electrifying. I enjoyed answering your questions. Young people like you are India’s future & from what I saw today, India’s future is in safe hands! pic.twitter.com/qLzASJ1MSu
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 13, 2019
During the interaction with the students, Gandhi had tacked various questions regarding Rafale deal, Robert Vadra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
BJP youth wing president Vinoj P Selvam on Thursday had filed a petition with the chief electoral officer against Rahul for “using the campus of the educational institution in violation of the model code of conduct”.