By A Newsman
Kolkata, 13 January: JADAVPUR University (JU) students have called a protest march from the campus on 19 January to further their demand for timely conduct of the student union poll.
The decision comes as the Bengal Governor KN Tripathi, whom the students had met on 11 January, is yet to take a call on the union election. The Governor had told the students that he would convey his decision through JU vice-chancellor Suranjan Das after consulting the state government and having taken a legal opinion.
This afternoon, around 100 students from the three unions belonging to humanities, science, and engineering branches held their general body meeting at JU campus, and decided on the 19 January protest.
“Despite having taken the matter to the Governor, we have very little faith in him. He and the JU authorities have basically adopted a delaying tactics thinking that the student agitation would fizzle out. In view of this, our general body today decided to carry out an extensive campaign in the campus over the union election demand for the next few days, and then, take out a protest march on 19 January,” said Shivam Ghosh, a member of JU’s Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students’ Union (FETSU).
The protest march will start from FETSU office at 3 pm, and Ghosh said that it might traverse the distance up to Jadavpur police station and the 8B Bus Stand. The rally will terminate at JU’s sports ground, where the students will hold another round of their general body meeting to decide on the future course of agitation.
The present elected student unions at JU are due to exhaust their tenure on 31 January, but the state government has put an embargo on student union election across Bengal until the Assembly polls in the state that are tentatively scheduled for April-May.
Peeved at this, JU students had resorted to an indefinite sit-in demonstration at the varsity’s administrative building from around 5 pm on 08 January. This had left the JU VC and other members of its executive council cooped up in the VC’s chamber till 10 pm on 10 January when the sit-in was called off following the Governor’s assurance for a meeting the next day.