The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has demanded withdrawal of the order issued by the Jawaharlal Nehru University authorities asking students to vacate hostels. This is the latest and flagrant attempt to suppress the elected students’ body, says Politburo of the Left party in a statement.
The University authorities had refused to notify the Union for the previous year 2018-19 too. This is being done despite the judicial scrutiny which legitimized the election to the JNU Students’ Union this year in which students have participated in very large numbers. All this is part of efforts to stop all democratic activity on the campus. Students and teachers are being targeted for standing up for their rights, the CPI-M said.Under the Modi government all central educational institutions are being subject to regimentation and academic freedom and democratic rights are under assault. The CPI (M) demands the withdrawal of the order to vacate the Students Union office. The University should notify the new Students Union and not hinder its functioning.