Even as the uproar for the resignation of vice- chancellor of Jadavpur University (JU) professor Abhijit Chakarbarti has grown with students refusing to accept medals and certificate as a mark of protest, education minister Partha Chatterjee has again once again come up in Chakrabarti’s support.
“The question of the vicechancellor’s resignation does not arise. If Suryakanta Mishra and Biman Bose give letters demanding his resignation will he have to resign?” Chatterjee told the media on Monday evening.
Chatterjee took a dig at his party colleague consumer affairs minister Sadhan Pandey who few days back took a jibe at Chakrabarti and without naming him, said nobody likes a person then he should resign instead of holding on to the chair. “Sadhan Pandey has been cautioned for his remark,” said Chatterjee. “Hok Kolorob” movement staged by JU reached a crescendo on December 24 and essayed a new language of protest in the history of students’ movements. It all began when Geetashri Sarkar, the first student to awarded, walked up to the stage. As Governor and chancellor of the university, Keshari Nath Tripathi, got ready to hand over medals and certificates to her she walked up and refused to accept it in presence of vice chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti. A visibly agitated Tripathi asked her to leave the podium immediately.
Not only Pandey but two more party colleague of Chatterjee – panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee and Trinamool MP from Jadavpur Sugata Bose too praised the girl for her non-violent way of protest. Even governor Tripathi had earlier said that Sarkar had the right to not accept her certificate and medals and that he did not feel insulted. Along with the students, several teachers of the university too boycotted the convocation demanding Chakrabarti’s resignation. ‘Hok Kolorob’ movement had also demanded a probe into a molestation case on the campus and the lathicharge on them by the police.
The students gheraoed vicechancellor Chakrabarti who called in the police to rescue him as he feared for his life. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has said a solution to the impasse would be charted soon.