Committee of political parties lambastes state govt for forcibly opening VC’s office
IMPHAL | Sept 23 : “Keeping the students and teachers of Manipur University behind bars and forcibly opening the vice-chancellor office during enquiry period is a conspiracy of the state government to support and put strength to A.P. Pandey who was recently suspended from the vice-chancellorship of the varsity,” lambasted the Committee of Political Parties.
Speaking to media persons today at the BT Road office of MPCC, the committee’s convenor, R.K. Anand said that use of excessive forces during the raid at the university hostels is a ‘repressive measures’ of the state government and the committee condemned the act at the highest level.
He questioned, “Is the raid conducted following the statement of an MP who recently described in the Parliament that Manipur University as the den of insurgence?”
“Shutting down of mobile internet service after the ‘illegal’ raid is baseless. The government is using its power beyond the authorised limit as such serious tactics should be enforced only during emergency,” added the convenor.
The committee member, Ng. Bijoy supplemented that the order of Pandey served on September 10 is null and void as it was provided during his forced leave served by the HRD ministry.
“On September 3, the registrar (in-charge) has passed an order that the senior most professor of the varsity professor, W. Vishwanath shall continue to perform the duties of vice-chancellor with the advice of chancellor, Dilip Nachane. Moreover the leave of Pandey has been extended since September 1 for inquiry against him,” said Bijoy.
The committee demanded to hold an Assembly session to bring a solution to the ongoing Manipur University issue and other issues like framework agreement, border pillar issue and others. It also notified that the state convention that was fixed on September 22 has been postponed on September 29.
The committee was constituted on August 16 by joining 11 political parties which includes Congress, CPI-M, CPI, North East India Development Party (NEIDP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Janata Dal Secular, All India Trinamool Congress, All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Later on August 23, NEIDP withdrew its membership from the committee and formed alliance with BJP yesterday.
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