Staff Reporter

Protest against rejection of papers for union poll

MANJERI: A section of students owing allegiance to the United Democratic Students Front (UDSF) boycotted classes and destroyed doors and office furniture at N.S.S. College here on Thursday.

They were protesting against the rejection of their nominations to the college union elections to be held on Thursday.

As many as 10 nominations of the UDSF, a joint forum of the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) and the Kerala Students Union (KSU), were rejected after scrutiny on Monday on the ground that the nominees were not proposed and seconded by the members of the same class. Infuriated by the rejections, MSF-KSU students boycotted classes and destroyed college property. The police were called in, but no case was charged against the students.

The office staff refused to work citing insecurity. However, they continued work after the arrival of the police. The college will go to polls in parliamentary mode for the first time on Thursday. Vineet Kumar, unit secretary of the KSU, said they were not informed by the presiding officer or any other college official of the clause that the proposer should be from the candidate’s class. He also alleged that the teachers had not given them complete information about filing of nominations as most of the teachers owed allegiance to Left unions.

College Principal N. Girija denied the allegations. She said the Student Council had explained to the students everything about the new form of elections.