Probe against SU for breach of code of conduct

The Rajkot district election office on Friday initiated a probe against Saurashtra University authorities for alleged breach of code of conduct.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:March 14, 2009 3:30 am

The Rajkot district election office on Friday initiated a probe against Saurashtra University authorities for alleged breach of code of conduct.

According to the complaint by the National Student Union of India (Rajkot),the authorities have still kept on display,huge cut-outs of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other state leaders.

“We have received a complaint against the Saurashtra University authorities. There are allegations that huge cut outs of the CM and posters of other BJP leaders including MP Vijay Rupani,can still be found on the campus,” said Rajkot district deputy election officer M N Makwana.

He added: “A team has been sent to the campus. If the allegations are found to be true,action will be taken against the authorities by Saturday.”

NSUI state vice-president Pal Ambalia said the SU is the centre of higher studies for the Saurashtra region,which should not endorse affiliation to any political party during the polls.

“It is shocking to find such posters on the campus even several days after the code of conduct has already come into force,and that too when Vice-Chancellor Dr Kamlesh Joshipura is himself a legal expert,” said Ambalia.

This is the second time that similar charges have been raised against the SU,where the BJP call the shots in the senate as well as the syndicate. In the run up to the 2007 Assembly elections,the SU was accused of providing a platform to Modi by organising a function on the campus on October 15.

At the last minute though,the venue was shifted to Atmiya College on Kalawad Road. Joshipura also got a showcause notice from the election commission for allegedly making a pro-Modi speech.

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