Nagpur: Indian Youth Congress (IYC), led by Bunty Shelke, on Monday called for ‘college bandh’ to protest appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) as well as extend support agitation of students being launched since the past four months.
“Many eminent personalities were shunned and Gajendra Chauhan, who is in any way fit for the post, was appointed by the BJP Government at the Centre. Our protest will continue until the appointment of Chauhan is scrapped,” said Bunty Shelke, President of City Indian Youth Congress.
The colleges that were forced to shut down include G S College, Dhanwate National College, Mohota Science College, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College, C P & Berar College Mahal. The protesters ensure that the students who were appearing for secondary school secondary school certificate exams were not disturbed. The protesting activists of the party displayed banners with slogans “Gajendra Chauhan Hatao, FTII Bachao,” “Kendra Sarkar Hosh Me Aao,” “Tanashahi Band Karo” and other banners.
Addressing the protesters, Bunty Shelke said that until today the eminent personalities such as Girish Karnad, Shyam Benegal and the like graced the Chairman’s post at the historic FTII. This time however, a C-Grade actor was appointed at the helm of FTII affairs. Is there nobody else of prominence status who can grace the post? Asked Shelke.
Others who participated in the protest include Tanvir Ahmed, Kumar Borkute, Rakesh Nikose, Vaibhav Kale, Chakradhar Bhoyar, Ashish Dixit, Amit Pathak, Kunal Puri, Anand Tiwari, Fahim Ansari, Renold Jerome and other dozens of activists.