Mumbai Univ Professor Sent On Compulsory Leave For Remarks On Rahul Gandhi; BJP Cries Foul

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After a Mumbai University department head was sent on compulsory leave for his comments on Rahul Gandhi, BJP accused the Maharashtra government of intolerance

Written By Akhil Oka | Mumbai | Updated On:
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On Tuesday, BJP MLA Ashish Shelar questioned the intolerance of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra. He referred to actor Yogesh Soman, the director of Mumbai University’s Academy of Theatre Arts being sent on compulsory leave for his comments on former Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Shelar accused the student organizations affiliated to the Left and Congress of threatening Soman.  

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NSUI demanded action against Soman

Soman came under the spotlight after posting a video blog on Facebook on December 14. He was responding to Rahul Gandhi mocking freedom fighter Veer Savarkar in a public rally.

On December 28, the NSUI, the student wing of Congress called for a criminal complaint to be registered against Soman for making objectionable remarks about Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the video blog.  

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Meanwhile, the NSUI held a number of rallies on the Mumbai University campus to demand Soman's ouster. Thereafter, the Mumbai University's fact-finding committee found merit in the allegations. The university administration also clarified that there were other complaints against him as well. Congress is currently a part of the Maharashtra government. 

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Intolerance on criticism 

Incidentally, this is not the first occasion when BJP has accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led government of perpetuating an environment of intolerance. For instance, Shiv Sena workers shaved the head of a person living in Mumbai who had allegedly made a derogatory comment about Thackeray. Similarly, a Sena worker threw ink at an individual in Beed, who had criticised the Maharashtra CM. 

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