Bhopal: Politics over Congress General Secretary Rahul
Madhya Pradesh visit has begun heating up with the Madhya Pradesh
Department issuing showcause notices to the Vice-Chancellor (VC) and
Registrar of the Indore-based Devi Ahilya University over the
Congress leader's programme there.
''The notices -- on
behalf of Higher Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma -- ask VC Ajit
Singh Sehrawat and Registrar R D Musalgaonkar as to how they granted
permission at their level for organising the programme,'' a
government spokesman confirmed to UNI.
On Tuesday -- the last
day of his two-day sojourn to this state -- Mr Gandhi interacted
with students in the varsity auditorium. During his visit, the
youthful leader also spoke to hundreds of students at academic
institutions in Gwalior, Sagar, Jabalpur and Bhopal and encouraged
them to enter the political arena.
The state's ruling BJP
leaders alleged that Mr Gandhi -- who is visiting different parts of
the country vis-a-vis organisational polls of the National Students'
Union of India and Youth Congress -- was indulging in ''campus
politics.'' Sans naming anyone, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
said, ''educational institutions' premises ought to be kept free
Sagar MP Bhupendra
Singh, who alleged that Mr Gandhi's programme in Dr Harisingh Gour
Central University was inspired by politics alone, even shot off a
letter to the varsity administration seeking permission to organise
a similar programme.
''This is not the first
time academic premises are being used for political interests. Many
Congress and BJP leaders have done so earlier. However, Mr Gandhi's
view -- that youths should enter active politics -- is good,''
Communist Party of India (Marxist) state Secy Badal Saroj told UNI.