Election fever grips govt degree colleges

Members of various student groups are going to contest the polls. Mission September 20 is the SFI initiative to ensure that the students’ wing of CPIM, which has been ruling the colleges for the past one year, gets a clear majority in the upcoming election. The initiative is now gaining momentum and so it makes it pertinent to keep a day-to-day report of the campaign.

The SFI Dukli unit made a rapid stride in Ramthakur College today. Filing of nomination papers will take place between September 10 and 12. The Congress-affiliated NSUI will also field contestants for the September 20 students’ union polls. Expectedly, Trinamool Congress’s student wing TMCP will be in the fray. However, BJP’s ABVP has not yet decided to contest the polls.

Expansion of further studies in the state by state government and welfare of students are the agenda of SFI. Opposition NSUI is raising issues of bad shape of education infrastructure in the state. The fight for students’ union polls has always been between NSUI and SFI. But this time the electoral battle is going to be different. New entrant in the poll fray is TMCP. The scrutiny will be held on September 15 next. The candidates can withdraw their nominations till September 16. Counting of votes will take place on September 20 after which results will be announced. The polls have been keenly contested since past couple of years and have also been a stepping stone to party politics for some prominent leaders. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar is among the many state-level politicians who began his political career at college.