Students’ wings affiliated to the Congress, NCP and various other political outfits demanded the ouster of the principal of Fergusson College on Tuesday for his initial letter to police that said anti-national slogans were raised on campus.
While the letter was retracted within a day by the principal who called it a typographical error and apologised for the same, the groups said that it was a pre-mediated ploy to spoil students’ careers.
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“We don’t think that it was a typographical or human error. It was a well-deliberated move and it was only after the principal realised that this could snowball into something serious against him, he retracted it. Hence we demand that Principal RG Pardeshi be sacked by the Deccan Education Society which runs the college,” said a protestor. The protestors added that if their demand is not met, they would soon agitate against the college.
Last week, scuffles had broken out between ABVP and Ambedkarite students after the visit of ABVP’s JNU unit president Alok Singh to Fergusson College where he tried to clarify his party’s stand on the February 9 incident at JNU.
Singh’s speech was interrupted by the Ambedkarite students who raised slogans in favour of Kanhaiya Kumar and Rohith Vemula, after which the principal’s office shot off the letter which it later retracted.
Members of various students’ and youth wings affiliated to the Congress, NCP and RPI accused the college administration of issuing the letter under the pressure from right-wing organisations.
Meanwhile, following the BJYM’s alleged threat of physically harming Kanhaiya Kumar if he visited Pune, Santosh Shinde, a member of Sambhaji Brigade said that they would protect the JNUSU president during his programme in the city. “If they try to attack him or try to create a ruckus, they would get an appropriate reply from us,” he warned.