Hyderabad: Telangana Congress leaders are not in the mood to confront the state government over permission for a meeting at the Osmania University Arts College where AICC President Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with students is due to be held. They have decided if they do not get permission to hold the meeting at Osmania University, they would look for an alternative venue.

After the TPCC announcement on Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with students at Osmania University it has become a bone of contention between TRS and Congress. Osmania students belonging to TPCC have submitted a letter to the vice-chancellor of Osmania University requesting permission to hold a meeting at the Arts College where the AICC president would interact with them.

The TRS student wing has objected to this and said that they would not allow Gandhi into the University to hold a meeting. The state government has also reportedly decided not to give permission to the Congress to hold the meeting. Congress leaders are not keen to enter into any controversy with the state government. They do not want to upset or in any way hamper Gandhi’s two- day visit to Hyderabad.

A senior Congress leader said if they forcibly went to the Osmania University, the police would arrest them and this would upset the Congress leader’s visit to Hyderabad. So they have decided to look for an alternative venue.

Congress sources said so far there has been no communication from the vice chancellor of Osmania University on the request of students to hold the meeting at the Arts College of Osmania University.

Rahul aide visits Hyderabad

AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s close aide Sazib arrived in Hyderabad from Delhi on Wednesday and visited the proposed venues for the Congress leader’s public meetings during his two-day visit to the state from August 13.

Mr Sazib visited Shamshabad where Mr Gandhi’s meeting with women self help groups is scheduled to be held on August 13. TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy, former home minister Sabitha Indra Reddy and a few other congress leaders accompanied Mr Sazib.

Mr Sazib also visited other places mentioned in the itinerary of Mr Gandhi’s state tour. Mr Uttam explained to him the arrangements being made for Mr Gandhi’s visit.

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