State education minister Vinod Tawde threatened to lodge a police complaint against two students of a polytechnic college in Solapur after receiving text messages demanding rollback of a government decision to convert the institution into an engineering college. He allegedly told one of them that he would close the facility if the campaign did not stop. Irked after receiving nearly 1,500 messages, he allegedly called up the two and threatened to file a complaint if they did not stop sending the messages. He also demanded a written apology from the second student.
Tawde said the messages were politically motivated by Students' Federation of India (SFI). He told TOI, “I received 500-600 text messages in three hours. Why can't I complain to the police for this torture?“ The students claimed Tawde was “arrogant“ while he spoke to their peers over the phone.