Krishnagar, Feb. 17: The Garden Reach incident seems to have taught Trinamul one lesson — “human life is far more important than winning a college election”.
The Nadia Trinamul has asked its student wing leaders to refrain from violence during polls in 17 colleges in the wake of last week’s Garden Reach flare-up that claimed the life of a police officer.
“Against the backdrop of the Garden Reach incident, I have told student leaders not to indulge in any kind of campus violence. Human life is far more important than winning a college election,” Trinamul’s Nadia president Pundarikakshya Saha said today.
According to a Trinamul worker, Saha had convened a meeting yesterday where he instructed party leaders not to indulge in any act that might “embarrass the government”.
Saha today said he had urged Trinamul Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) leaders not to bring “outsiders” to the colleges during the polls on Tuesday.
Sources said he had also asked local Trinamul leaders to ensure peace during the polls.
“The Garden Reach incident was an eye-opener. We have information that the SFI and the Chhatra Parishad might create a ruckus to malign our party’s image. But we will stay away from violence,” the leader said.
Sources said the Nadia intelligence branch apprehended violence in Majhdia and Santipur colleges, where the SFI and the Chhatra Parishad apparently have an edge over the TMCP.
SFI district secretary Jahangir Biswas drew little comfort from Saha’s assurance, saying: “I have serious doubts if the TMCP would at all obey the instructions of their leadership.”
Reacting to Biswas’s comment, Nadia TMCP secretary Jayanta Pal said: “We will definitely follow the party’s instructions. Everything will be peaceful.”