Justifying campus politics, Kerala Home Minister Kotiyeri Balakrishnan said on Wednesday, if necessary, LDF Government would provide legal protection for student outfits to function on campuses.
Ruling out the question of restricting student politics, Balakrishnan told the Assembly during Question Hour that absence of campus politics would only help apolitical and anarchic tendencies to flourish in educational institutions.
Student organisations would be allowed to function within the framework of law, Balakrishnan, a senior CPI-M member in the cabinet, said.
On questions regarding violence allegedly unleashed by CPI-M's student outfit SFI in CMS College in Kottayam recently, he said protection had been given to the college as ordered by the Kerala High Court.
Investigations by the police team under IG B Sandhya in the case was in progress, he said.
The attack on the CMS college office, allegedly by SFI activists demanding reinstatement of a sacked student, had sparked strong protest from different quarters including opposition parties.
The Church of South India, which runs the College, one of the oldest educational institutions in Kerala started by Protestant missionaries, issued a pastoral letter last Sunday condemning the SFI for targeting the institution.