The indefinite hunger strike by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) entered its fifth day on Monday with many classes also being disrupted.
The strike was started on Thursday by members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and All India Students Association (AISA) in response to the lackadaisical attitude of the JNU administration in deciding upon an election date and setting up a grievance redressal committee.
“Our call for a complete university strike was successful. Monday’s successful strike and massive protest demo is a clear warning to the administration that the student community will further intensify the struggle until the Grievance Redressal Committee is constituted and elections are held within the first week of February as per the mandate of the University General Body Meeting,” said Zico Dasgupta, vice-president, SFI, JNU.
The JNU administration, meanwhile, stated that it is waiting for the legal counsel regarding the election date as the Lyngdoh Committee Report states that elections have to be held within six to eight weeks of the new academic session.