A combined opposition proposal seeking to discuss the recent events at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jadavpur University (JU) during the three-day session of the state Assembly has been turned down by the government at the all-party meeting held on Monday before the start of the special sitting.
The proposal was moved by SUCI legislator Dr Taurn Nashkar and Congress MLA Asit Mitra at the all-party meet. The idea was supported by Left Front legislators led by the CPI(M)’s Suryakanta Mishra.
Partha Chatterjee, parliamentary affairs minister, turned down the proposal, arguing that the matter can be discussed outside the House.
Meanwhile, the executive council of Jadavpur University (JU) stood by its vice-chancellor, Suranjan Das, who has maintained all along that he wouldn’t file police complaints against students who had shouted pro-Afzal Guru slogans during a rally on the campus. “We are with the vice-chancellor in his crusade to save the autonomy of the university,” a member who did not wish to be named said.
Das had even met the chancellor of JU, Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi, and explained to him why he hadn’t sought police help. Emerging from the meeting with the governor, The JU V-C had told reporters that he would rather resign than file police complaints against his students. The solution is to counsel the students, Das had argued.