Resentment at law school

Rahuls visit: Saturday was no Friday as the young leader faced some tough questions

Resentment at law school

 
 Rahul Gandhi arrives at NLSIU in Bangalore on Saturday. DH photoAccording to sources, students were informed of Rahul’s visit only a few days ago. Barely a couple of hours before the youth icon’s visit to the premier institute, a section of students launched a signature campaign against his visit. A note was put on the notice board around 11 am asking students to boycott the programme as it was aimed at "pushing youths into politics". The campaign instantly found supporters with many students signing on the notice, sources added. The students disapproved of spending lakhs of rupees on such a ‘worthless’ programme.

The campaign, however, led to a heated argument between the faculty and the disgruntled students with the former launching a counterattack. Contradicting the students, the teachers maintained that Rahul’s visit would 'kindle constructive thoughts'.

Dress code

A policeman drives away stray cattle from the road leading to the NLSIU on Saturday. DH PhotoThis apart, the diktat to wear ethnic dresses also didn't go down well with the students. They fought for freedom to wear dresses of their choice, but had to relent ultimately. The thorniest decree, however, was the screening of questions to be posed to the Congress General Secretary. In a bid to prevent the students from unsettling Rahul with their uncomfortable questions, the University wanted to screen the queries. 

“The University was obviously wary of troubling him. Hence, it said we cannot ask questions of our choice. It would decide what we should ask and what we shouldn’t,” a fourth-year law student, who didn't wish to be named, told Deccan Herald. The edict, however, was withdrawn following strong opposition from students.

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