Trinamool MPs to visit FTII to show solidarity with students


Kolkata:  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be sending three party MPs to FTII Pune to express solidarity with students protesting for nearly three months against Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as the institute’s chairman, the Trinamool Congress said on Saturday.

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Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien said the delegation comprising Lok Sabha members Abhishek Banerjee and Satabdi Roy and himself would visit the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune on Monday to show solidarity with the students. Lending her support to the agitating students, Banerjee, also the Trinamool supremo, on Friday had urged the Narendra Modi-led central government to resolve the impase.

“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. Since I was associated with student movements in the past, I respect student movement. I support their genuine cause always, Banerjee had said on a social networking site.