BJP gives sanity call, Joykisan questions Govt commitment

IMPHAL,7th Aug: Expressing surprise over the official tour of the on-leave Manipur University vice-chancellor professor AP Pandey as chairperson of a UGC-appointed team for inspection to St Joseph’s College at Jakhama, Nagaland, MPCC vice-president and Thangmeiband MLA Kh Joykisan has questioned the commitment of the government towards resolving the MU issue, even as BJP Manipur Pradesh urged all concerned to contribute their mite in restoring normalcy in the university.

Speaking to media persons on Tuesday, Joykisan pointed out that an official order issued by the university recently granted one month’s leave to Prof AP Pandey and appointed the senior most professor of the university as VC in-charge under the instruction of the HRD ministry. Subsequently, the chief minister appealed to the agitating MUSU, MUTA and MUSA to suspend their stir so as to restore normal academic atmosphere in the university while assuring probe against the VC by the Fact Finding Committee.

However, the official participation of the VC, who is on leave and under probe, in the UGC team and leading the same during an inspection visit to a Nagaland college has confused the people of the state. The report of the inspection visit was published in leading dailies of Nagaland along with photos showing professor AP Pandey. As per rules, an official on leave should not be utilised for official purpose. Besides, he should be under probe as per assurance given by the government. Moreover, professor Viswanath has taken charge as VC in-charge, he said.

Charging the government with fooling the people of the state over the MU issue, the Thangmeiband MLA strongly condemned the BJP government for lying to the people of Manipur. He then demanded the government an early clarification over the matter. The MLA also enquired if the registrar of Manipur University has the authority to issue order for appointment of VC in-charge.

On the other hand, a rally against the ongoing protest by MU community was carried out across the state on Monday. It is highly suspicious that the rally was a sponsored one with the sole aim to derail the movement of MU community since the rally was carried out under security protection despite imposition of restriction on gathering of five or more people under CrPC 144, the MLA said. He also questioned why the state police acted in a biased manner over the matter.Expressing serious concern over the emerging situation, the MLA called upon the people of the state to stand united and fight against the anti-people policy of the government.

Meanwhile, expressing grave concern over prolonged closure of Manipur University in pursuance of the varsity community’s demand for sacking Prof AP Pandey, BJP Manipur Pradesh general secretary (administration) K Saratkumar has suggested that the protesters should change their mode of agitation. Speaking to newspersons at the party’s Nityaipat Chuthek office here on Tuesday, Saratkumar noted with regret that thousands of students of the university as well as colleges affiliated to it are today looking at an uncertain future on account of complete derailment of academic and administrative affairs in the university.

Though the current agitation is claimed to be a movement to oust the VC and uphold sanctity of the highest institute of learning in the state, it is disheartening to learn that the careers of thousands of students are at stake as normal academic chores in the university are being affected for over two months now, observed the state BJP functionary.

Saratkumar also pointed out that as the university remains the only option for higher studies of many students who are from economically underprivileged families the current agitation threatening to ruin the precious careers of students is a serious cause of concern for those parents who are toiling to ensure better upbringing of their wards. In view of the parents’ anxiety and the fact that persisting with the varsity shutdown will only imperil future of the nation builders, it is highly recommendable that the protesters introspect and launch agitation which does not affect academic activities, he said.

The general secretary also clarified that some BJP women volunteers who took part in Monday’s mass rallies had no connection, whatsoever with the party for their participation in the movement was as ‘mothers’ and in expression of support to the thousands of worried mothers’ desire for restoring normalcy in MU. Joining the media briefing, BJP Manipur Pradesh OBC Morcha president S Liben pointed out that passing of the National Commission for Backward Classes Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Monday will bring immense benefits to the large number of OBC families in the state.

While informing that as and when the Bill is converted to an Act, the same benefits being enjoyed by the Scheduled Caste community will also be extended to the OBC community, he also urged parents to enrol their wards in over 30 centres that the state government has opened under the ‘Eikhoi Lairik Yengminsasi’ scheme to provide coaching classes to students of the marginalised section.

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