Issue of revocation of suspensions
NEW DELHI: Cracks seem to have developed in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) over the issue of revocation of suspension of 10 students, including its office-bearers and the leadership of the JNU Staff Association.
Tyler Walker Williams and Sandeep Singh, JNUSU vice-president and general secretary, respectively, have accused president Dhananjay Tripathi of deliberately calling off the University General Body Meeting (UGBM) that was to be held on the campus on Friday to discuss the quashing of suspension orders.
"We were collecting the signatures of students for holding the UGBM when Dhananjay simply walked away with the quorum sheets and said that no meeting would be held. The cancellation of UGBM is unprecedented on the JNU campus," said Tyler on Friday.
When contacted, Dhananjay -- who hails from the Students' Federation of India (SFI) -- refuted the charge. He claimed that since the student councillors failed to garner 690 signatures (one eighth of the total strength of the University) that are mandatory for organising a UGBM, it was cancelled.
He alleged that the All-India Students' Association (AISA) members were spreading canards about him.
Tyler, who owes allegiance to AISA, claimed Dhananjay annulled the meeting because his party has been in favour of the Proctorial inquiry called by the JNU administration to look into the February 19 incident when Registrar Avais Ahmad was allegedly gheraoed and illegally confined by students.
"We had collected well over 500 signatures by this evening, but Dhananjay decided to cancel the meeting. He is now trying to disassociate himself from the February 19 incident. We want scrapping of the Proctorial inquiry and would like the UGBM to be reconvened. We will demand the JNUSU president's censure if he does not change his stance," said Tyler.