TMCP wins five colleges uncontested

SFI-CP demand fresh election schedule blaming atrocities of ruling camp
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
3 Jan 2017

Students’ wing of ruling Trinamool Congress TMCP (Trinamool Chhatra Parishad) won students’ unions in five out of nine degree colleges in the district on the final day of submission of nomination papers. However, in rest four colleges the elections for the students’ unions would be held on January 14 as TMCP and alliance of CPM backed SFI and Congress backed CP (Chhatra Parishad) fielded candidates for all seats.

TMCP has already won the students’ unions in Malda College, Women’s College, Gour College, Gazole College and Pakuahaat College uncontested today. Elections would be held in Chanchal College, samsi College, Kaliachak (Sultanganj) College and South Malda College on January 14.

CPM workers organized a rally this afternoon and served deputations to the officials of district and police administrations. District SFI and CPM leaders, however, alleged that owing to ‘inactive role of the district and police administrations’ TMCP barred the opposition students from submitting nomination papers. They also demanded fresh dates for issuing and submitting nomination papers for those five colleges.

TMCP, on the contrary, claimed that oppositions could not field candidates as they did not find candidates from the students. TMCP leaders said never before two days were allotted for issuing and submitting nomination-papers. "This is the first time nomination papers were issued and open for submission from 11 am to 4 pm unlike previous 11 am to 2 pm. This was done according to demands of oppositions. But still they failed miserably," TMCP district president Prasenjit Das said.

According to the decision of the University of Gour Banga (UGB) authorities, issuance and submission of nomination papers for the students’ union elections in nine degree colleges of the district started from January 2. Today was the last day of collecting and submitting nomination papers.

Violence broke out in right on the first day as soon as the issuance of nomination papers commenced. 12 persons including CPM MLA Khagen Murmu were injured. CP workers led by Congress MLA Mottakin Alam blocked NH-34 blaming TMCP for the violence. CPM demonstrated in front of the DM’s bungalow in evening protesting against the violence.

After the stipulated time of submitting nomination papers was over, it was found that only TMCP fielded candidates in five colleges. There are 61 seats in the students’ union of Malda College. Gour College students’ union has 29 seats. There are 18 seats each in the students’ unions of Women’s College, Gazole College and Pakuahaat College.

Mohammed Samiur Rahman, a district secretariat member of SFI said, “In those five colleges the students’ union elections were reduced to farce for indifferent role of the administrative and police officials. We want that the administration should take initiative to declare new dates for issuing and submitting nomination papers. We have also placed the same demand with UGB authorities. We have knocked the door of the state higher education minister also.”

TMCP district president Prasenjit Das said, “CP and SFI leaders are voicing their frustrations only. Instead of blaming us they should try to find minimum number of students necessary for filing nominations. If we had barred them from submitting nominations, how they fielded candidates in four other colleges.”