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NCP leader Supriya Sule to visit 100 Maharashtra colleges, interact with students

She will interact with students across all districts in the state, and discuss several issues like rape, dowry, addiction and female foeticide.

mumbai Updated: Sep 14, 2017 13:45 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
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NCP leader Supriya Sule(HIndustan Times)

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP and daughter of party chief Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule will undertake a four month-long tour across 100 colleges in the state to interact with the students.

Sule was in news recently following a claim by Shiv Sena Member of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Raut, in his weekly column in party mouthpiece Saamna, that she was offered a cabinet berth by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

She will interact with students across all districts in the state, including Mumbai, on several serious issues like rape, dowry, addiction and female foeticide.

This tour comes at the time when there is buzz in the state’s political circles that Sule will be projected as Maharashtra’s ‘generation next’ leader, as most of the first-rung leaders of the party, including her cousin and former deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, are facing serious corruption charges.

The four-month long tour, named ‘Jaagar Yuva Sanwad Yatra’, will kick off from Ahmednagar district in western Maharashtra from September 18, and will continue in four phases till December. Through the tour, the NCP MP will reach out to around 25,000 students from the 16-24 age group, to have a dialogue with them and sensitise them about pressing issues, said a senior NCP leader.

In the first phase of four days, she is expected to cover all the districts of western Maharashtra. In October, she will visit Marathwada colleges, north Maharashtra colleges in November, and in December will interact with students from Konkan and Mumbai.

“This is a non-political program being executed with the help of YB Chavan Pratishthan,” said the NCP leader.

YB Chavan Pratishthan is a trust headed by the NCP chief, known for his work in the social and academic field.

Over the past one year, NCP has been projecting Sule as one of its front-line leaders. She has also been seen aggressively taking on the state government, especially Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The NCP has suffered in the recent local elections in rural areas, as well as small towns and cities. Ahead of the 2019 polls, it will have to resurrect itself to remain relevant.

In his column in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana on Sunday, that party’s MP Sanjay Raut had quoted Pawar as telling him about a meeting with Modi, where the PM had said he was keen on taking Sule in the cabinet. Raut claimed that Pawar said that Sule, who was also present at the meeting, had refused the offer, saying she would be the last person to go with the BJP. Sule, however refuted Raut’s claim. “There has been no such meeting where I met Mr Modi with Mr Pawar,” she said.

Sule had first started a mission to save girl child in 2011, by kicking off a pad-yatra to raise awareness against rising cases of female foeticide. She also heads ‘Rastrawadi Yuvati Congress’ — a political platform for young women from 18 to 35 years of age.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 13:39 IST