The struggle to have student elections as soon as possible at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has intensified. After declaring an indefinite hunger strike on Thursday evening, members of student parties - Students' Federation of India (SFI) and All India Students' Association (AISA) - have called for a indefinite boycott of classes.
"The indefinite hunger strike is demanding the constitution of the Grievance Redressal Committee as per the Supreme Court (SC) order so that the JNU students union Election Committee can announce the dates for the elections. Till now, the administration has not given any commitment on the formation of the Grievance Redressal Committee. If there is no decision soon, we will call for boycott of classes and a complete strike," said Zico Dasgupta, vice-president, SFI.
The University General Body Meeting, the highest decision-making body of JNU students, had passed a resolution for holding JNUSU elections after the SC gave elections in the university a go ahead with a few riders. The resolution had also said that the elections should be held before February 9.
The JNU administration has written to the students on Friday, pledging their commitment over holding elections.
The notice said that the university had sought clarification from the SC after an objection on conducting elections in the current semester had been raised, citing the clause in Lyngdoh recommendations which say that the elections can be held only within six to eight weeks of opening of the new academic session.
"Holding elections as per SC guidelines in this semester as a one-time arrangement would not invite contempt from the SC in any conceivable manner. By waiting for further clarification, the administration is being insensitive to the overwhelming opinion within the student community for conducting JNUSU Elections immediately," said Roshan Kishore, member, SFI.