Osmania University refuses to permit Rahul Gandhi visit, Congress protests

Osmania University (OU) has reportedly refused to approve former Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the campus on 7 May for a “non-political” event.

Congress accused the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)-led state government of leaning on the institution to stop key Congress leader’s visit while some students moved the Telangana High Court, appealing it to direct the university to allow Rahul Gandhi’s visit.

The university has not intimated its decision to the organisers in writing, according to Indian Express.

An administration official said to Indian Express that since 2017 the University Executive Council had adopted a resolution almost every year barring non-academic activities, including political meetings, on campus.

“A circular (in 2017) stated OU was established for the purpose of imparting higher education and informed the teachers and students that non-academic activities such as political meetings will not be permitted on the campus. A resolution to this effect was also passed by the OU Executive Council,” the university official said to the newspaper.

Youth Congress leaders and supporters staged a demonstration at the OU Arts College on Saturday, protesting university’s decision.

“OU has always been known for student movements, including the Telangana agitation. We clarified that our leader’s visit is non-political but they made up their mind about not allowing it,” Congress MLA Sangareddy said.