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Dead Lock Continues At BCKV, Humiliated VC Refuses Rollback

2016-11-24 19:10


VC DD Patra with her wife at their official residence in Mohonpur Picture by PALASH SARKAR


VC DD Patra at a seminar in Kalyani


Mohonpur (Nadia), Nov. 24: Normal activities at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswabidyalaya has come to a halt over the past two days since Tuesday as a Trinamul Congress led joint platform of a section of teaching, non teaching staff, students and daily wage laborers continued cease work demanding removal of the newly appointed interim registrar.

Last evening the agitators resorted to a sit in demonstration outside the vice chancellor’s chamber, who allegedly kicked the vice chancellor professor Dharanidhar Patra from behind and pushed him when he was leaving his chamber for residence.

“I was mobbed by the agitators. My security guards tried to make my way. But, we were pushed from behind and during the jostle someone from the agitators kicked me from behind. It was very shocking”, he said.

While the agitators refuted the allegations and termed it as fabricated one, the vice chancellor professor Patra reiterated that he was assaulted and apprised senior officials of agriculture department at Nabanna as well as chief minister special advisor on agricultural affairs professor Pradip Majumdar for their intervention.

The incident meanwhile has embarrassed the Trinamul leadership as the agitation has come out as an obvious fall out of internal bickering between the party led joint forum and members of WestBengalCollege and University Professors Association (WBCUPA).

Agricultural minister Purnendu Bose said: “I have told the VC to sort out the problem amicable through discussion”.

Trouble broke out two months ago as members of Joint forum led by Maran De, chairman of Trinamul ruled GayespurMunicipality and Rajib Dalal, chairman of HaringhataMunicipality demanded removal of VC appointed interim registrar Subhendu Bikash Goswami, who is secretary of BCKV unit of WBCUPA.

Joint form alleged that the appointment was illegal as the post is an administrative one meant for university’s officials. It had given a week long period to VC to roll back his decision.

However, VC professor Patra remained firm on his decision. He said: “The appointment was a temporary one and made as per the University’s statute and exercising my discretionary power. There was nothing illegal and roll back of decision does not arise”.

“The agitators belong to Trinamul. I am not aware of internal feud. But, it appeared to me that there are some conflicts of interests among them”, he added.

Today chief minister’s special advisor on agriculture Professor Pradip Maunder visited Kalyani and invited the leader of the joint forum Maran De to a meeting. However, he refused to attend and told him that agitation would continue until the interim registrar is removed.

“We have categorically said that agitation would continue until and unless the appointment is cancelled”, De said.

Professor Pradip Majumdar said: “I would try to resolve the problem speaking to all concerned. However, any attempt to create trouble at this pioneering campus of agriculture education will not be tolerated”.

Local Trinamul MLA Ramendra Nath Biswas said: “It ongoing agitation is very shocking. It is damaging the studies and researches at the campus. I will request top leadership to interfere immediately”.

Trinamul Nadia president Gourisankar Dutta said: “We will not allow politics in the campus. Hope good sense will comeback among all and normalcy resume”.

Nevertheless, angered with the allegations, the agitators of “Joutha Mancha” today announced to reinforce picketing from tomorrow. Today they allegedly forced a large number of students of under graduate students to join the movement skipping their classes. The directed the kitchen in charges of two messes to delay lunch for three hours, forcing the students to attend the demonstration from 9am.

“We are generally served lunch at 10 am. But today was an exception as the leaders directed to defer it to 2pm so that we were compelled to attend the movement”, a third year student of agriculture faculty said.

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