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LUSU poll: Age not the only bar?

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 00:15 IST

Student leaders who’ve faced disciplinary action too ineligible for poll

IF THE interim order of the Lyngdoh committee on student union election reforms were to remain unchanged, not only the over-aged, student leaders who have faced any disciplinary action by the varsity authorities too would not be able to contest the elections.

Says a varsity official: “It means all students who have been expelled or suspended on disciplinary grounds would not be able to contest the elections.”

LU administration has discreetly begun the exercise to identify student leaders against whom disciplinary action has been initiated one time or the other.

Sources close to LU top boss confirmed that they were keeping a hawk-eye on the complete text of the SC verdict that is expected to arrive on November 6.

Sources said LU officials had done a complete study of the interim SC order on student union poll reforms. The varsity, however, refused to divulge names of prominent student leaders who would have to sit out due to this particular clause. “We’re waiting for the complete judgment,” said an LU official.

Prominent student leaders who have been expelled from the campus are Pawan Kumar Singh, Faiz Khalili and Amit Kumar Singh ‘Punju’. Samajwadi Party student leader Ram Singh Rana too was expelled by the varsity last year. Disciplinary action has been initiated against scores of other student leaders as well. There is another clause that would not let quite a few student leaders contest the poll. One of the clauses reads that candidates should not have a criminal record.

That is to say that candidate should not have been tried or convicted for any criminal offence or misdemeanor.  SC has also specified that the candidate must be a regular, full-time student of the college/university and should not be a distance/proximate education student. That is to say that candidates must be enrolled to a full-time course. Interestingly, some of the student leaders do not even have admission to LU.

Elated with the SC guidelines, varsity officials reckon that the ball is now in the SC’s court. “We are firm on our stand to adhere to it, come what may. The V-C has reiterated that he would hold elections as per SC guidelines. So November 6 judgment would hold a key to the issue,” he said.