Rahul Gandhi Telangana Visit: The touted senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Telangana seems to be a worrisome factor for state Congress unit. With the Warangal public meeting scheduled for tomorrow and still arrangements are being made to see that the event is a grand success, the news that Rahul will not be allowed to enter Osmania University campus, where he was scheduled to have an interaction with the students, the onus of making the Telangana visit a success is on the party leaders.
The Telangana High Court dismissed a writ petition challenging the Osmania University refusing permission for holding an interactive session of students with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the varsity campus on May 7. Congress workers and a few others had challenged the rejection of their application by Osmania University for permission to hold the interactive session with the Wayanad MP.
The varsity denied permission for the event citing its Executive Council passing a resolution last year not to allow any political activity on the campus. After the university’s decision, research scholar and Congress party spokesperson Manavatha Roy approached the High Court challenging rejection of their application.
Dismissing the petition, Justice B Vijayasen Reddy said that the varsity campus cannot be used as a political platform. “Permitting political events is a violation of Resolution No 6 of 1591h meeting of the executive council of the university,” the HC said.
The petitioners had submitted that Gandhi wants to meet the varsity’s students as well as unemployed youth for the purpose of nation-building and that there is no chance of any law and order problems. It would purely be a meeting of students and interaction and there were no political motives behind the proposed interaction, they had said.
On Wednesday, TRS MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha criticised the scheduled visits of Rahul Gandhi and BJP president J P Nadda to Telangana and termed it “political tourism”. In the run-up to elections, many political tourists would visit the state but it is the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) which truly works for people, she said.
Meanwhile, ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Telangana, banners were seen around Hyderabad asking if he was ready to accept the ‘white challenge’ (drug tests) by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president, KT Rama Rao. The white challenge was started by Congress MP Revanth Reddy in September 2021.