Intensifying their stir, over 80 students of the prestigious Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) held a protest at Jantar Mantar.
      
Chauhan, a BJP member and known for his role of 'Yudhishtir' in popular tele-serial "Mahabharat", has refused to step down. His appointment as FTII Chairman on June 9 triggered an indefinite strike by the students on June 12.
      
"It has been more than 50 days that we have been protesting. So, our purpose of coming to Delhi is that we should be heard. We had written to leaders from various political parties requesting them to intervene and urge the government to revoke the appointments of 'unfit' people and to set up a transparent procedure for future appointments. Only Rahul Gandhi has replied and come forward," said a student protester.
      
The protest had the backing of different student organisations including National Students' Union Of India (NSUI).
    
"Government is waging an ideological war against us. FTII will not bow to any political pressure. Government must initiate a dialogue," said another student.
    
Congress MP Raj Babbar and JD(U) leader K C Tyagi also participated in the protest and backed the students. They along with CPI(M) leader Mohammad Salim, Rajiv Shukla(Congress), D Raja(CPI) and DP Tripathi(NCP) released a joint statement expressing their support.

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