Television actor and BJP MP Gajendra Chauhan will reportedly remain as the chairperson of the premier Film and Television Institute of India. According to reports, to placate protesting students, the government is planning to install a co-chairperson of the institute, sources said.
In the hope of persuading the protesters, government officials is holding talks with students in Mumbai. Earlier on Sunday, the protesting students called off the hunger strike after the Information and Broadcasting Ministry gave them consent to talk about the matter.
“Chauhan will remain. We are considering these measures for the students,” the source told IANS, declining to be named. A three-member committee — the I&B ministry constituted for examining the students’ grievances — headed by SM Khan, Registrar of Newspapers of India, also had earlier made a similar proposal.
The student protesters on Monday presented a list of signatories of national and international repute to the I&B ministry, which include famous American philosopher and political commentator Noam Chomsky, who have expressed support for their cause.
I&B ministry’s joint secretary K Sanjay Murthy had written to president of the FTII students’ association Harishankar Nachimuthu, stating, “With reference to your letter dated 25.09.2015 intimating your proposal to call off the hunger strike once the government confirms the date for the meeting between the Ministry and the students’ representatives.
The students were demanding removal of the present TV actor Gajendra Chauhan and against the appointments of Sangh Parivar members in the FTII governing council. He has been associated with the BJP for several years and had actively campaigned for the party during the 2014 elections. Chauhan is currently a BJP MP.