Bharatiya Janata Party MP Shatrughan Sinha met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday evening, apparently to discuss the impasse at Films and Television Institute of India (FTII).
“They are good people and that’s why I came to meet them. We discussed the FTII issue. It needs to be resolved. We also discussed the need to set up an art and culture hub in the city. We didn’t really discuss Bihar or much politics,” said Sinha after the meeting.
FTII students are on the warpath, demanding the removal of Gajendra Chauhan, who is also a member of the BJP and has served as its joint convener for culture, as chairman of the institute.
Kejriwal, too, confirmed: “Yes, we met to discuss the FTII issue and how we can work together to make Delhi better and provide better opportunities for promotion of art and culture."
However, according to sources, the two also discussed the upcoming Bihar elections briefly.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, senior AAP leader Ashutosh and Delhi Dialogue Commission head Ashish Khetan were also present at the meeting.
Sinha had earlier praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a bete noire of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him "a leader of the masses", whom he had also met after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Patna last month.
He had also called for "good sense" to prevail on the expulsion of 25 Congress MP's from Lok Sabha.