Days after he met protesting students from the Fathima Institute of Medical Sciences (FIMS), YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote a letter to Union Health Minister JP Nadda seeking his intervention in the case.
Close to 100 students from the 2015-16 MBBS batch of the institute, have been on a relay hunger strike at Dharna Chowk in Vijayawada, after their college was been derecognised and concerned authorities didn't relocate them to other medical colleges.
In his letter, Jagan said the FIMS, which was affiliated to Dr NTR University of Health Sciences, did not have permission from the the Medical Council of India (MCI) to admit students during two phases of counselling, but it filled 100 seats during the third phase after obtaining interim orders from the High Court.
On October 27 this year, the Supreme Court dismissed a case filed by the Andhra Pradesh government on behalf of the students of FIMS.
When these admissions were cancelled by the MCI, and upheld in court, the students were left with nowhere to go.
"I request your kind support to these students, who are suffering for the mistakes made by the college management and state government. I urge you to facilitate the relocation of the students to other colleges to save their future and enable them to pursue their dreams of serving the society through the noble profession of medicine. I also urge you to grant an audience to the affected students and their family members, to present their case," Jagan wrote.
Last week, YSRCP president Jaganmohan Reddy interacted with some of the students in Yerraguntla in Kadapa, as he was undertaking his padayatra.
"Fatima students have been protesting in Vijayawada for the past ten days. No one from the government has come to their rescue. These students have met the Chief Minister five to six times, and each time he has given them false assurances," Jagan had said.
"In order to favour the college management and honour deals fixed with private universities, Naidu's government has refused to forgo 100 seats in the next academic year as advised by the Supreme Court. The SC's judgement has obviously not been positive," he added.
"If Naidu has any humanity left in him, he should immediately act upon this issue," Jagan said.