Karunanidhi seeks PM’s intervention over IIT Madras row


DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Sunday sought PM Modi’s ‘direct intervention’ on the revocation of the ban.

Referring to HRD minister Smriti Irani, Karunanidhi was reported saying, “Though it seems that Prime Minister Modi doesn’t place importance on needless issues like banning a democratic group, his Ministers interfering unilaterally and in an authoritarian manner in such issues will impede youth’s thought process and affect the nation’s peace.”

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) youth wing members Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) also staged a protest on Monday against the de-recognition of a student group of IIT Madras, outside the campus in Chennai.

According to reports, the protesters demanded that the decision to ban the student group for allegedly criticizing PM Narendra Modi’s policies, be rolled back immediately and sought Modi’s intervention for the same. About 200 DMK student wing volunteers, who protested under its Secretary Ela. Pugazhenthi, were detained.

Tho.Thirumavalavan, VCK leader, who also staged a separate protest demanding the ban to be revoked, was also detained, reports suggest.

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had also sent a notice to IIT Madras over the controversial issue on Sunday.