A day after the two factions of Shiv Sena held their respective Dussehra rallies, political feud over them continued on Mumbai University’s Kalina campus. Various students’ organisations criticised the university’s decision to allow use of its premises for political events as they pointed to the litter on campus grounds and inside roads, with plastic bottles, food items and food packets dumped there after the rally.
On Thursday, members of Yuva Sena, the youth wing of Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, visited the university’s Kalina campus, which was used as a parking area for vehicles coming for Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Dussehra rally at MMRDA’s BKC ground on Wednesday. After the visit, photos and videos emerged of heaps of plastic bottles, discarded food items, food packets, packaging material as well as empty liquor bottles on campus roads.
Demanding action against the irresponsible behaviour, Yuva Sena member Pradeep Sawant, who was also a member of Mumbai University Senate, said, “Various sites on the varsity’s Kalina campus, including its helipad, were used for parking of vehicles coming for the CM’s rally on Wednesday. It has caused tremendous mess on campus. It is very unfortunate to see that some of the visitors also indulged in liquor consumption on the premises of an educational institution. We want to know if the deputy chief minister will be taking action against such irresponsible behaviour.”
Soon after the photos and videos were circulated, the NCP’s youth wing also raised objections. Demanding action in the case, Amol Matele, president of the NCP students’ wing, said, “The university has several hostels housing students, along with residential areas for staff. Moreover, it is an educational institution. It is really inappropriate and shameful to see debris of empty liquor bottles on varsity’s premises.”
Rohit Dhale, from ChatraBharati students’ organisation, said, “The situation on Kalina campus was really chaotic on rally day. All those persons coming from different parts of Maharashtra had no proper facilities for toilet, food and water. This mess was expected. We hope the varsity administration learns a lesson and is more careful about keeping away from any political events in the future. There are multiple girls’ hostels inside Kalina campus. All those girls remained confined to their rooms as they were scared due to the chaos.”
Last week, Yuva Sena, the NCP’s student wing and ChantraBharati had protested the varsity’s decision to allow parking of vehicles coming for the CM’s Dussehra rally on grounds inside Kalina campus.