NSUI demands direct students’ union elections, holds demonstrations in MP

Students from most of the government and private colleges boycotted classes in Madhya Pradesh in a protest called by the Congress’ student wing National Students Union of India on Saturday

Students from most of the government and private colleges boycotted classes in Madhya Pradesh in a protest called by the Congress’ student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Saturday.

Classes were not held in most of the colleges in Bhopal, Gwalior and Indore apart from other places in Madhya Pradesh.
NSUI state president Vipin Wankhede had called for the ‘college bandh’ on Saturday demanding direct elections in colleges and universities, as directed under the Lyngdoh recommendations.

In state capital, most of the government and private colleges remained close as NSUI members took out a protest rally in all the colleges demanding direct elections. Later these groups reached Barkatullah University and staged a protest dharna amidst huge police presence.

The NSUI members resorted to sloganeering and then burnt effigy of chief minister. They also submitted a one point memorandum to the registrar of Barkatullah University.

“We have only one demand from the state government and that is to hold student union elections as recommended by the Lyngdoh Committee,” said Vipin Vankhede, state president of NSUI. State government and its higher education ministers have been promising it to the students for last several years but when it comes to delivery, they deceive the students, added Vankhede.
“If government does not hold direct elections in colleges, NSUI would start a massive state wide agitation,” said Vivek Tripathi,

spokesperson NSUI.
Reports of students protest and closure of colleges also emanated from Gwalior, Indore and other places. Police had to resort to mild force in Gwalior to disperse the students.

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