Bhubaneswar: While the college and university campuses across the State are in the grip of poll fervor, students of Utkal University have been disappointed a lot as the university PG council on Saturday cancelled the students’ union polls this year.
In view of the repeated violence on the varsity premises, it was decided unanimously at the council meeting that no students’ union polls will be conducted this year, PG council chairman Ranjan Bal informed media.
“There was pre-poll violence inside the university campus last week. Besides, there was a major violence in July this year. There has been no sign of recession of violence in the campus. We had sought a report from the commissionerate police on the law and order situation in the university. On the basis of the report, the council has decided to put off the elections this year’, Bal added.
“The council took the decision as per the guidelines of the Lyngdoh Commission, he said, adding the decision was taken to ensure students’ safety in the campus and academic atmosphere.
On the other hand, aspirants for different posts of the union and their supporters protested the university decision and staged demonstration in front of the office of Central PG council and main gate of the university. While peaceful campaigning was going on in the campus, why the authorities took such a decision, they asked.
Notably, the premier institute had conducted the polls last year amid sporadic violence.
Reacting to the PG Council’s decision Amit Jena, a president aspirant, said, “The authorities of Vani Vihar openly killed the democracy. This is not final decision. Whatever students of the university will decide, that is fate of the varsity. Those, who have tried to stop the progress of the university, will be discouraged. Students will tell about their decision in future days.”
Another president aspirant Aniruddha Sahu said, “This is an unfortunate incident and shows that the varsity authorities are incapable. Those, who have been winning the students’ union polls for long, have not done anything for the university and are fearful of ABVP organisation’s possible success. A particular students’ group is being shielded with this decision. Definitely, change will be carried out by the students in coming days.”
Attacking the authorities of the university, Subrat Behera, another president aspirant said, “The VC is responsible for this. Under the protection of ruling party, he is running the university. Citing false reasons, they stopped the polls. If they do not change their decision today, we will gherao the Raj Bhavan.”