AAP targets Smriti Irani in IIT Madras Student Group Ban Controversy

New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday protested against the Central government and Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani in New Delhi for banning a student group in IIT Madras.

The party leaders and volunteers took to streets at Jantar Mantar and shouted slogans against the central government.

AAP workers said that the government should learn from criticism not ban it. A student group in IIT-Madras was banned for reportedly criticizing the Central government and its policies.

Amidst protests, Union Education Minister Smriti Irani distanced herself from the controversy. Irani said that IIT Madras is an autonomous institution which takes its own steps. She also hit out at the opposition Congress party for politicizing the issue.

Meanwhile, several politicos on Saturday gave mixed reactions as Smriti Irani and Rahul Gandhi’s clash on twitter over the ban on a student group by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

Students of Democratic Youth Federation of India also held a protest outside IIT Madras today in support of the students’ forum which was banned for allegedly trying to spread hatred against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, a group of around 20 students, was banned by IIT Madras after an anonymous complaint to Smriti Irani’s Human Resource Development Ministry. The complaint accused the group of trying to “spread hatred” towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi through provocative pamphlets and posters.

Meanwhile, Home Minister, Rajnath Singh speaking on the matter has said that he was looking into the case.

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