Amid protests over a steep hike in hostel fees for girl students in Hindu College, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday questioned if the institution was turning into a “madrassa”.
“I have written a letter to HRD (human resources development) Minister objecting to Hindu College DU charging as Hostel fees triple from girl students! Become a Madrassa?” Swamy tweeted.
The Delhi University-affiliated college has been offering on-campus hostel facilities to boys for decades. The girls’ hostel, on the other hand, was recently constructed and supposed to be functional from the 2016-17 session.
The prospectus for admissions to the hostel triggered an outrage among girl students, who alleged that the rules laid down were “discriminatory” and amounted to “moral policing”.
The prescribed fee also irked the girl students as the boys of Hindu College pay Rs 47,000 as hostel fee while the girls were asked to pay more than Rs 82,000.
The National Commission for Women and the Delhi Commission of Women have also taken note of the matter.
Rohatgi, too, in crosshairs
Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi was also at the receiving end of Swamy’s jibe. “My petition on hate speech laws came in SC today. Slimy AG on Govt order had to delete his demand for my prosecution for an anti terror book,” Swamy tweeted.
He continued using the adjective slimy for Rohatgi again in another tweet,
“Feel pity for Muslim fanatics and Hindu haters who had hoped the slimy AG’s counter affidavit asking for my prosecution will prevail.”
Swamy has used acerbic comments and tweets against many senior and high-profile government functionaries in the past including Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan, government’s chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian and economic affairs secretary in the finance ministry Shaktikanta Das. Rohatgi didn’t take to the tweets kindly, saying he could also use adjectives, but didn’t want to stoop so low.
“Swamy’s frustration is showing because his petition challenging the criminal defamation law has recently been dismissed by the Supreme Court”, the AG told Hindustan Times.