A number of ABVP activists were detained on Wednesday by the police after they attempted to break through a barricade at M G Road in Kolkata, during a march to Calcutta University campus. They were protesting against the prevailing “atmosphere” in the university, which they alleged was not “congenial for proper education”.
Elections to the Calcutta University students’ union are due in November. While dates have not been announced yet, the RSS-affiliated ABVP is desperate to break the Trinamool Congress’ decade-long hegemony here.
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On Wednesday, the ABVP organized a march from Shyambazar to Calcutta University, College Street campus, protesting against the prevailing situation and demanding the establishment of “proper educational atmosphere” in the university.
They also had a charter of demands which they planned to submit to the Vice-Chancellor of the university.
“The present atmosphere in colleges and universities is not at all congenial for proper education. We wanted to present a charter of demands to the university V-C. But, we were stopped by the police at M G Road crossing. Some of our leaders and supporters have been detained by the police,” ABVP state president Subir Haldar said.
Haldar added that the ABVP would continue to hit the streets in the coming days till their demands were met.
The ABVP Bengal unit has been in the news for the past few months for its agitation and protest marches at Jadavpur University campus over alleged anti-national slogans being raised there.
While the outfit has promised similar protests in the future, it remains unclear whether the student wing will continue protesting along the lines of nationalism.
A senior ABVP leader had said, “Our efforts at Jadavpur haven’t fielded very good returns. There are a number of people who believe in our nationalist ideology, but whether it will translate into votes remains to be seen. There are some of us who feel that we should focus on the quality of education as our prime issue.”