Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) would not allow teachers and professors in colleges and universities to actively support the CPI(M).
TMCP president Sonkudeb Panda issued the ‘fatwa’ on Thursday from a rally in front of Bhangar college on the southern fringes of Kolkata, where TMC leader assaulted an assistant professor on Tuesday.
Panda’s announcement comes within a couple of days of him pushing through a demand for academic audit of university and college teachers, which was accepted by the government.
“We will accept if teachers and professors discipline us. Teachers should be busy in teaching. But if the teachers think they will actively support the CPI(M) in colleges and universities, we will fight them at every inch,” said Panda while leading the rally.
“Many of them have got their jobs during Left Front government by acting as CPI(M) stooges. They have no qualification to teach in collages. If one teaches in a college, one should not be allowed to be a CPI(M) activist. This is our demand,” explained Deb.
Interestingly, just three days back Panda met with Bratya Basu state education minister and demanded academic audit of professors and teachers of Jadavpur University. Apart from demanding the academic audit, he also wanted a thorough probe into the quality of PhD dissertations during the Left regime.
The assertion by the head of Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad spawned another controversy for the government and the chief minister who has been facing a barrage of criticisms on a range of issues starting from crib deaths to callous and insensitive handling of complaints at police stations.
However on Friday, the government tacitly sided with Panda, with senior ministers saying teachers should refrain from politicising education.
“Panda’s word is not the final one. Teachers are free to follow any political party, but they should not politicise the process of education,” said Subrata Mukherjee, panchayat minister at a press conference at the state secretariat on the issue. .
A few days ago food minister Jyotipriyo Mullick issued and diktat to his party members for enforcing social boycott of CPI(M) activists and not to even share a table with them. “They deserve nothing but hatred,” Mullick had said.