Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 28:
Authorities of Utkal University in Odisha failed to break the deadlock for the second consecutive day over holding of students’ union election in the university, which was cancelled two days ago owing to the recent spate of violent incidents in the campus.
Officials of the university, police personnel and the students’ union representatives held discussions on students’ union election, which was cancelled by the PG council on Saturday.
“Members of Residential Committee, PG Council Committee, Advisory Committee of students’ union will be meeting in a day or two to find out a solution to this issue and decide whether to conduct elections or not. We cannot take a decision unilaterally. We would let you know about the developments shortly,” PG Council chairman Ranjan Kumar Bal said.
“We are confident that the authorities would reconsider their decision not to hold elections. We would persuade them in the meeting to be held in the next two days,” Biju Chhara Janata Dal (BCJD) presidential nominee Amit Kumar Jena said.
Later in the afternoon, the representatives of the students’ union submitted a memorandum to the PG Council chairman.
On the other hand, supporters of BCJD shouted slogans in front of the PG Council office demanding reconsideration of decision to cancel the elections.
Meanwhile, police personnel are camping in the varsity to maintain law and order.