Trinamool students’ wing gheraos CU V-C

The Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parisad (TMCP) today gheraoed the vice-chancellor and registrar of Calcutta University for letting out the varsity's Centenary Auditorium for the anniversary celebrations of CPM mouthpiece Ganashakti.

The hall used to be let out to various colleges and other organisations for holding programmes and cultural activities. However, after receiving complaints of minor incidents of vandalism at these programmes, the varsity authorities decided not to let it out.

The Ganashakti event was held on January 4, and was attended by former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and state CPM secretary Biman Bose.

Taking offence, a section of TMCP members headed by president Sankudeb Panda gheraoed the office of registrar Basab Chowdhury. While some of them held a demonstration in front of the vice-chancellor's office, a few went inside and met V-C Suranjan Das.

Panda demanded an explanation on the matter. "We were surprised to find that the authorities earlier announced that no political activity would take place inside the campus, but they had let out the hall to the CPM for their political programme," Panda said.

Das said, "They submitted a deputation with me, which I would forward to the syndicate for its decision."

Condemning the act, opposition leader Surya Kanta Mishra said,"The party took the hall on rent. I do not understand — if the authorities do not rent out the hall, how will it be maintained?"

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