On 29th October ’15, the Govt. of West Bengal has issued a circular deferring the elections of the students’ union of all colleges and universities of this state to June-July ’16. These elections are overdue by December ’15-January ’16. We strongly criticize this unscientific move of the WB Govt. Since coming to power in May ’11, we have experienced that this government has aimed to destroy the democratic sphere in all possible peripheries. The faces of this government, in various forms, have been an integral part of the conspiracy to loot the hard-earned democratic milieu of the educational institutions. In this tenure we have experienced that how any oppositions of the government policies have been attacked during collection and deposition of nomination forms, turning the students’ union elections to a mere farce. Even in very few institutes where the elections could be competed, the area nearby the colleges became no less than a warfront. The police and the administration has been mere spectators, sometimes actively helping these lumpen forces. Following the murder of a sub-inspector in broad daylight by these forces in a shootout during the students’ union elections of Harimohan Ghosh College (in February ’13), the WB govt. whimsically decided to suspend all the students’ union elections in the state for an indefinite period. We contested this undemocratic move, and organized a Civil Disobedience Movement on 2nd April. The rest is history. Our leader Com. Sudipto Gupta was brutally lynched to death in police custody, and the bloody sacrifice of the martyr forced the government to restore the democratic procedures in the campuses.
There are chiefly 2 loopholes if the students’ union elections are deferred to June-July.
In protest against this unscientific and undemocratic move, 6 leftist students’ organizations (SFI, AISF, PSU, AISB, AIDSO, AISA) submitted a memorandum to the Minister of Education of the Govt. of West Bengal on 6th November asking him to rethink the decision. However, this did not bore fruit as we are living in a state of utter lawlessness, anarchy controlled by a despot.
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