State Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu said here on Tuesday that his department will take action against institutions who do not abide by the “advisory” issued by the Government to suspend students’ union elections in colleges across the State for six months.

Mr Basu had said on Monday that the decision to suspend college elections was taken as examinations of various State Boards were scheduled in the coming months and it was difficult for the Government to deploy necessary security personnel for conducting elections in the colleges as there was also the requirement for adequate security during examinations.

The Government’s decision comes in the wake of violence during the filing of nomination papers at Harimohan Ghose College in the city where a sub-inspector of the city police was killed on February 12.

“The problem faced while conducting students’ union elections during the Left Front regime was that adequate security arrangements were not made. We want to provide more security, deploy more security personnel for conducting union elections,” he told journalists during the day.

Meanwhile, protests were held by students against the decision at Jadavpur University and Presidency University in the city where the students’ union elections were scheduled for next month. Elections in 17 colleges in Nadia district scheduled during the day were cancelled because of the advisory issued by the Government.

On being asked about the protests, Mr Basu said: “Now you know who are the people who control the students’ unions in these institutions. They are not concerned about the future of the students who appear for the Madhyamik and the Higher Secondary examinations. They only want students’ union elections”.

This also proves why there was so much violence during the students’ union elections when the Left Front was in power, he added.