Deteriorating law and order in big cities

OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL

The State government, in view of the home department report on deteriorating law and order in big cities, is not keen to hold direct student union e

lections this year.

The state government, choosing the safer method of student union elections – VI ( D) , suggested by Lyngdoh panel, is considering the home departments report that says law and order problem could erupt if direct elections are held, sources said.

Student union elections will be held on September 23 with voting for class representatives ( CRs) in colleges and university representative ( URs), one from each college. CRs will form union body by elections in themselves and university student union will be formed from URs, based on their merit – both academic and non- academic.

The governments apprehension is that direct election of university presidents and other office- bearers would put studentsalt39 union leaders on collision course and create unnecessary law and order problem.

Before deciding the , the department of higher education had received opinions of stake holders like principals, academicians and university officials including vice- chancellors.

No officials, including the VCs, said officials, favoured direct studentsalt39 union elections, even though it is mandatory for the state government to hold elections following the Supreme Court directives.

Surprisingly, the government did not consult student outfits.

” We were not asked to give our opinion before choosing the ,” says ABVP state organisational secretary VD Sharma.

The ABVP has been demanding direct elections and has approached the High Court to file contempt of court case against the government.

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