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Left-Oppn showdown at JU polls

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,the students’ union elections at the Jadavpur University scheduled for the last week of March will witness a tussle between the Left and the combined Opposition.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
March 25, 2009 2:25:50 am

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,the students’ union elections at the Jadavpur University (JU) scheduled for the last week of March will witness a tussle between the Left and the combined Opposition.

With the university located in the Jadavpur constituency,the Left forces are giving much importance to the union elections. Having earlier won the students’ elections at the Presidency College after five years,the SFI is keen to get its foothold at the JU also. The anti-SFI students’ unions — We the Independents (WTI),the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students Union (FETSU) and Forum for Arts Students (FAS) — have consistently won the university elections for the last few years at the university. This time,however,the SFI is confident of making a dent in the students’ union elections in the arts faculty.

Last year,the SFI narrowly lost the arts faculty elections to the FAS. The margin was much higher in science and engineering faculties. “We have been able to connect with more and more students in the arts faculty. We are not sure about the other faculties but we are confident of winning the arts one,” said Uttio Basu,an SFI leader.

The SFI insists that during recession,when jobs are receding the students will not buy anti- industrialisation line touted by the opposing students’ unions. Debobroto Poddar,student representative of FAS,said: “We did not oppose industrialisation but opposed the forcible acquisition of fertile land.”

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The students of the engineering faculty of Jadavpur University have decided not to follow the code of conduct of the university for the boarders at the main hostel. The university decided to come up with stricter rules for boarders following the March 17 incident when the students clashed with locals at nearby Poddarnagar.

Nearly six students were injured in the incident and thousands had gheraoed the Jadavpur police station. Subsequently,the university asked the students to return the hostel before 10 pm. “The university has not been upright in dealing with the issue. The authorities also handed over a few students to the police,” said Agnishewar Chakraborty,a student representative.

“If the authorities do not comply with our demands,we will go for a massive demonstration,” he added.

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