CM Siddaramaiah takes exception to UGC circular on PM’s speech
Meanwhile, thousands of students watched the PM’s address telecast at the Senate Hall in Manasagangotri, the PG campus of University of Mysore.
However, the screening led to protests as Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and All India Democratic Students’ Organization (AIDSO) staged protests in front of the Senate Hall against the UGC circular. Some of the city-based activists, including writer Cha Sarvamangala and Pa Mallesh, joined the student community in registering their protest.
SFI leader Prashanth Hatti, who led the protest, alleged that it is undemocratic to force the PM’s speech on students. “Most of the students listened to the speech out of fear, assuming that the university may initiate action. This is dictatorship,” he alleged.