Indore : A day after a petition was filed in the Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court over an order directing private colleges to sent 100 students each to attend the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mhow on the occasion of birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar on April 14, the Tribal Development Department on Tuesday issued a fresh order stating that the word in previous order should be read as ‘volunteers’ instead of ‘students’.

“For conducting major functions, we seek help of NCC and NSS volunteers as they are trained. Nothing more should be read into the order issued to the colleges here,” District Collector P Narahari said.

He said that the Tribal Development Department had already clarified on the issue by issuing a fresh letter, stating that instead of ‘students’, the word in the earlier directive should be read as ‘volunteers’.

Previously, Assistant Commissioner Mohini Shrivastava had issued an order stating “On the occasion of Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, the Prime Minister is going to address a rally at Mhow. Thus, you must send 100 students each by buses on your expenditure to the rally. Do send a teacher with the bus.”

With the issue inviting controversy and a petition filed over the matter in the High Court, the district administration on Tuesday sought to clarify the matter, saying the order has been ‘misinterpreted’.

The Congress and the AAP slammed the previous order describing it arbitrary and totally uncalled for.

Calling it a ‘Tughlaqi diktat’, the Congress said it was a clear indication that Modi’s popularity is ‘on the wane’ while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that the BJP regime was not bothered about the future of young people.

“This is a Tughlaqi order which is issued at time when the students of colleges are writing their examinations. The order speaks of the fact that Modi’s popularity has taken a knocking in last 22 months. The situation has come to such a pass that to gather crowds, students are being used,” state unit Congress chief spokesman KK Mishra alleged. State AAP convener Alok Agrawal said that the directive proved that the ruling regime was not bothered about the future of young people.

 NSUI activists stage protest at AD office

Activists of NSUI staged a protest at additional director (higher education) RS Verma’s office on Tuesday over the directive to the colleges for sending 100 students each to the PM’s rally. They demanded to withdraw the order as it was arbitrary and was merely for accelerating political advantages and mileage to the ruling party.

The protest ended after Verma informed the activists that the order has been amended. He said that the word “students” have been replaced with “volunteers”. He also assured the protestors that the NSS and NCC cadets of the colleges would not be forced to participate in the PM’s rally.

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