Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association (PAUTA) now faces a constitutional crisis on two accounts. Vice-President Dr B S Sohal claims that Dr M S Mahals resignation has not been accepted by him; therefore,the post is not up for grabs. PAUTA cannot have two presidents,he said.
Meanwhile,the faction supporting Vice-President Sohal claims that as long as Sohal is in the executive,it is he who becomes the officiating president and commands the power to call meetings and no one else.
Dr B S Sohal,who is also expected to put in his papers in a day or two,said,I have not accepted Dr Mahals resignation. Moreover,the general secretary cannot call any meeting without the consent of the vice-president.
Senior PAU faculty member and former PAUTA president Dr A S Joshi said,The issue should be brought before the general body for discussion. The breakaway group is playing a dirty trick by terming this as a dharna against the reluctance of the state government to implement the pay commission.
Dr Joshi,however,added,The PAUTA constitution is very clear on these issues and while we stand united on the pay scale issue but the current PAUTA executive will have to make its stand clear on the same issue. This is not a normal vacancy that PAUTA executive can fill up on its own. This trend sets a bad precedent.