Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party colleagues preferred to remain silent on Lalit Modi issue, this time; Banerjee said that the central government must resolve the FTTI issue soon. “The central government must resolve the prevailing unrest situation at FTII Pune. They must take students and teachers into confidence. Political purpose should not stand in the way; institutions are above everything,” she tweeted today.
The ripples of the agitation at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune reached Kolkata as both the ruling party and the Opposition flagged the issue on Friday.
While Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee voiced her support for the movement and demanded that the Centre must “resolve” the issue through negotiation, a section of the Opposition blamed the students for the ongoing impasse.
Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party without naming the party, she further tweeted: “Political purpose should not stand in the way, institutions are above everything.”
Recalling her days as a student leader, Ms. Banerjee said that she “respects” students’ movement.
“I support their genuine cause always,” she said.
Interestingly, Ms. Banerjee’s government faced severe criticism for police crackdown on students in Jadavpur University last year.
The State BJP, however, strongly reacted against the FTII agitation and accused the students of “making provocations”. In a press statement issued later in the day, the State BJP leadership said: “After successfully politicising the issue by inviting Rahul Gandhi, they are now collaborating with Naxal elements in various universities in their opposition to us.”