Islampur, Feb. 10: All 21 elected Chhatra Parishad members of Islampur College union joined the students’ wing of the Trinamul Congress to protest the alleged apathy and bad behaviour of their leaders in North Dinajpur.
The campus witnessed a clash between members of Chhatra Parishad, the Congress’s student wing, and police on January 25 last year when union election results were announced.
Of the 44 seats, 21 were bagged by the Chhatra Parishad, 17 by the SFI and six by the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad. The violence occurred when the Trinamul union formed the college union with the support of the SFI edging out the Chhatra Parishad by 23-21.
Today, 50 Chhatra Parishad workers, including the 21 union members, joined the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad in the ruling party’s block office here. State minister and local MLA Choudhury Abdul Karim handed over party flags to the newly inducted members.
“We are fed up with the apathy and bad behaviour of the leadership and those of the Congress in the district. We have been constantly provoked by them to foment trouble in the college. There has been trouble on many instances in the college and the leadership has never stood by us… that is why, responding to Karim saheb’s call, we switched to the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad,” said Parvez Alam, who was the Chhatra Parishad unit president at the college.