Kolkata: CPI(M) Tuesday slammed the West Bengal government for postponing student union elections in colleges and universities for six months and demanded withdrawal of the directive to restore democracy in academic institutions.
"If the government is shaky over holding college union elections after the tragedy at Harimohan Ghosh college at Garden Reach, how can it hold vital elections to the three- tier panchayat system in the state?" CPI(M) politburo member and leader of Opposition Suryakanta Mishra wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The West Bengal government suspended college union polls after a special branch sub-inspector was shot dead in a clash between Congress and Trinamool Party workers during a college election at Garden Reach area here on February 2.
Hitting out at the state higher education minister Bratya Basu for his remark that there is dearth of police force to organise college union elections, Mishra told reporters, "The fact is that the state government lacks the political will to tackle situation in academic institutions."