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Citing elections, State says cannot provide security for varsity polls

University elections in the State were banned in 1993 following the murder of a law student in 1989.

University elections in the State were banned in 1993 following the murder of a law student in 1989.  

Govt. has decided to hold campus elections 25 years after they were last held

The Home department has informed the State government that it may not be able to provide security for university elections to be held later this year. In a letter to the Maharashtra Cabinet, senior security officials have said there is a shortage of troops due to the ongoing situation in Jammu & Kashmir and the forthcoming Assembly elections in October. “Keeping in mind the Assembly elections and other developments, most of our troops will be diverted towards other priorities. In such a scenario, it will be difficult to provide cover to the campus elections,” reads a department note accessed by The Hindu.

The government has decided to hold campus elections nearly 25 years after they were last held in colleges across the state. The Higher Education Department is expected to hold the college elections in September and has prepared a timetable for the same under the purview of Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016.

However, the Assembly elections are expected to be held in the third week of October which would require a sizeable security detail. The Government has already deployed as many as six companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the brewing crisis in Jammu & Kashmir. “We have taken these CRPF companies out from the Naxal-affected areas. We were short of forces even during the Lok Sabha elections, and do not want a repeat of the same scenario. Hence, we are curtailing our commitments,” said a State Home Department official.

The schedule of the college elections will be released after the cabinet meet on Tuesday, while a meeting of the university official too is impending to firm up the plans. University elections in the State were banned in 1993 following the murder of a law student in 1989. Under the new norms passed earlier this year, the government has barred candidates from political parties from contesting or using any symbol, officials said.

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