Independents won student council elections at Jadavpur University (JU) with all mainstream student bodies failing to make a mark. Though called independents, they are traditionally known to be sympathizers of ultra-Left forces.
The Hok Kolorob movement, which resulted in the removal of vice-chancellor Abhijeet Chakrabarti could not do much for the SFI or TMCP. The SFI had spearheaded the movement against Chakrabarti. Instead independents free from the influences of main stream political parties swept the union of all the three faculties of the university – arts, science and engineering.
While SFI managed to get the assistant general secretary (evening) seat in arts faculty, chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s personal intervention to remove Chakrabarti could not do much for the TMCP.
The TMCP fielded only three candidates and none of them could garner more than 65 votes. “During the Hok Kolrob movement students saw the tactics of political parties. They knew that only a political banners can work for them in Jadavpur,” said Chaman Guha, the newly elected general secretary of the arts faculty.
While, like previous year, ‘We the Independent’ formed union in the science faculty, Forum for Arts faculty or FAS won the election in the arts faculty. There was no surprise for the engineering faculty. Like past several years, the students’ union was formed by Democratic Students’ Front.
Explaining why political parties failed at JU and independent group with ultra-Left philosophy succeeded, second year engineering student Soubhadra Mondol said, “Political parties have narrow goals. It is better to remain independent of political parties but remain inspired by the thought of doing good for all.”
Guha, a student of history department, pointed out that the next important task for the newly elected students’ union would be to get justice for the molestation victim. “While our first demand for removal of the V-C has been met, we will now demand a fresh probe committee,” he said.