The Aligarh Muslim University Wednesday cancelled the September 26 polls to its students’ union (AMUSU), Women’s College Students’ Union and the polls to elect student representative to the university Court for which the nomination process was already on.
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The move invited a sharp reaction from the students who turned the decision “undemocratic” and “sort of dictatorship”. Soon after the authorities notified the decision, hundreds of students gheraoed the residence of Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah inside the campus demanding its rollback. Huge police force was deployed in the campus to avoid any untoward situation. The situation was tense till the time of filing the report.
Earlier in the morning, a special meeting of the university’s Executive Council was convened in view of the “extraordinary situation” where some “expelled students”, “criminals” and “non-students” were found “canvassing inside the campus”. The decision to cancel the elections was taken during the meeting.
“A disturbing situation has developed following the participation of expelled students, criminals and non-students during the campaign. There are also reports that contestants and their supporters have been making forcible entries with vehicles into the Women’s College and other halls of residence and classrooms. Such outsiders were also found to be moving on motorcycles on campus for canvassing,” AMU Registrar Asfar Ali Khan said in an official notification.
“There are reports of blatant violation of the AMU Students’ Union amended regulations 2012, which are based on the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee,” it added.
Meanwhile, Shah addressed a meeting of all deans, provosts, wardens, proctorial and DSW teams and urged them to keep strict vigil on the campus and not allow any illegal activity in the hostels.
Sources said some deans testified in the meeting that some contestants and their supporters were pressuring them to alter the attendance record. “I had decided to hold the elections despite misgivings in some quarters because I am committed to the functioning of the Students’ Union. despite repeated warnings, there has been a blatant violation of poll regulations,” PTI quoted Shah as saying.