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Featured Image: File photo of Jadavpur University’s main gate. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 07 January: BENGAL government has turned down Jadavpur University’s (JU) proposal to hold the student union election at the varsity on 18 February.

The rejection has resulted in an outrage among the students, and a section of them who are associated with CPI-M’s student wing, the Student Federation of India (SFI), has launched in an instant agitation at the campus.

Going by the prevalent mood at JU, this might build up to yet another student movement at the campus that had witnessed massive student unrest for months from late 2014 to early 2015.

The executive council of JU had on 05 January taken a decision to conduct the student union poll on 18 February and sent a proposal to the state higher education department on this yesterday. The present student union will exhaust its one year term on 31 January.

In reply, the higher education department today sent a communique stating that the poll could not be held until May as was told by a circular on 29 November. The reason behind this is the high and higher secondary exams that will begin next month, and then the Assembly elections tentatively scheduled for April-May.

Higher education department had issued the circular, following an announcement in this regard by state education minister Partha Chatterjee. But the government’s decision has been facing severe criticism from the Opposition student organisations, especially those belonging to the Left parties, who allege it to be an attempt to rob democratic rights of the students.

SFI and other Left leaning student organisations have been mounting pressure on JU vice-chancellor Suranjan Das for some time now, to hold the union election at the varsity at the earliest. Consequent on this, the varsity’s executive council took an unanimous decision to conduct the poll on 18 February and the counting of votes the next day.

Ruling Trinamool Congress’ student wing, Trinamool Chhatra Parishad, have very little support base at JU. Hence, the union poll, if conducted ahead of the Assembly polls, will result in a setback for the ruling party.