A tug of war is on between the Nagpur University and the BJP over the former's refusal to provide its ground for the saffron party's two-day national executive committee meeting to be held here from February 6.
The state BJP had requested the university authorities to make available the university ground, near Subhedar Hall in Ravinagar area, for its meeting.
At its meeting on December 30, the university's management council decided not to allow any political function at the university ground. Eight members of the council, however, were absent from the meeting.
When it was learnt by other members of the council, nine pro-BJP councilors sent a protest letter to the vice-chancellor Dr SN Pathan and insisted that the ground should be given to BJP for the meeting.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Nitin Gadkari wondered how the university refused to provide the ground when the higher and technical education minister, Rajesh Tope and the principal secretary of the department have given their nod for it. "It seems that a section of the university officials made it a political issue," he rued and described it as "unfortunate."
Gadkari contintued, "The NCP held its national convention in 2000 in this ground while the NSUI organised its national conference at the ground in 1983."
"When the ruling parties can organise such conventions, why the university authorities terming BJP as untouchable," he asked.
Meanwhile, Dr Gaurishankar Parashar, the pro-vice chancellor of the university, informed that the issue was again sent to the management council for reconsideration. "I am hopeful that it would be amicably sorted out," he further added.