Tamil Nadu government has ordered an enquiry into permission given by a Chennai college to Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with students.
Rahul Gandhi interacted with students of Stella Maris College on 13 March after the election was announced. According to the Election Commission of India website, once the Model Code of Conduct is implemented use of educational institutions, including their grounds for political campaigns and rallies is not allowed.
This rule applies both on government funded and private college. Stella Maris is a government funded college hence Rahul’s program with students was against the poll code.
Directorate of Collegiate Education issued a circular to the regional joint director asking how the campus was used for a discussion involving a political leader against the poll code.
The Election Commission is yet to comment on the issue.
Congress Party, however, has accused PM Modi of “dripping with jealousy” over the issue.
“Modi your actions are dripping with jealousy so much so that you had to resort to intimidating the administration of Stella Maris College. If you’re so insecure of CP @RahulGandhi stealing the spotlight, maybe learn something from him & speak to the public,” tweeted Congrees.