Student organisations divided over JNUSU’s latest form of protest

Umar Khalid said the JNUSU would be invited for the march, and the platform was a “spontaneous” creation only for the purpose of the march.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2016 1:18 pm

As the blockade of the administrative building was called off by the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) Thursday afternoon, slogans of ‘shame’ and ‘JNUSU murdabad’ were raised.

Student organisations seemed to be divided over the ‘blockade’; one faction comprised the All India Students’ Association (AISA) and the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) which forms the union, and the other had various individuals and groups including the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA).

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JNUSU president Mohit Pandey was heckled for ending the blockade without discussing it with others first, and he was allegedly manhandled by another student. “We should completely boycott the JNUSU office bearers and form our own committee to lead the movement,” said one of the students.

However, Umar Khalid, a member of Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students’ Organisation (BASO, said “The JNUSU has legitimacy. We should decide what we want to do together and make sure they follow that line.”

By Thursday evening, the ‘Justice for Najeeb’ movement had been launched to organise a march in the campus for Najeeb Ahmad, the missing JNU student.

Some organisations like the Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF), which had opposed the blockade, maintained that it would not be part of any platform which did not have the “legitimacy” of the union.

“At this stage, it is just a movement, and we have given a call for a march in the campus at night from that banner. We are not yet sure who will be the constituents and whether this will turn into a forum,” said Shreya from the Collective.

Umar Khalid said the JNUSU would be invited for the march, and the platform was a “spontaneous” creation only for the purpose of the march. The march, held Thursday night, was ultimately led by JNUSU office bearers.