The West Bengal Government’s decision to suspend students’ union elections in colleges for six months evoked strong reactions from Opposition parties here on Tuesday with the Left demanding that the decision be reconsidered and withdrawn.
Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra wrote a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stating that the State Government’s decision is based on a “false logic” and is “a poor attempt to cover up crime and criminals in the State”.
“The decision reflects the administrative as well as political failure of the State Government,” he told journalists, adding that the violence at Harimohan Ghose College in the Garden Reach area of the city was not an isolated incident.
A sub-inspector of City Police was killed in the violence near the college premises on February 12 when the process of filing nomination papers for elections was on.
The Government on Monday issued a six-month suspension of college elections stating THat the examination of State Boards were lined up in the coming months and they cannot provide security personnel for conducting student union elections.
Instead of solving the problem, the Government is trying to bypass the issue, Dr Mishra said, adding that it has failed to address the issue politically or through administrative means.
Stating that the image of educational institution is being tarnished by the repeated incidents of violence involving student wing of the Trinamool Congress and the outsiders affiliated to the party, Dr Mishra said that a list of significant incidents of such violence was attached with the letter.
“Such incidents are also on a rise because of the behaviour of a section of Trinamool Congress leaders and Ministers who are trying to influence the administration” he said.
The State Congress leadership described the reasons behind the State Government’s move as “flimsy”: “Examinations were held in the past and will continue to be held in the years to come. The Trinamool Congress government is unable to control the violence by members of its own students’ union. This cannot be an excuse for suspending all students’ union elections,” State Congress general secretary Omprakash Mishra said.
Rahul Sinha, president of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, said though the decision will help in containing violence on campuses, the intention of the Government was not right as it wants to cover up the deteriorating law and order situation.