Malda, Sept. 16: The Trinamul Chhatra Parishad has put up a poster on the Malda College campus asking students to wear “decent” clothes and “behave properly”, inviting criticism from political parties, other student unions and teachers.
The poster was put up by the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad outside the teachers’ common room on Friday. As criticism from different quarters piled up, it was removed today.
The poster said: “Malda Colleger sokol chhatro-chhatrir poshak o achar-achorone shalinota bojay rakhar binomro onurodh janay Trinamul Chhatra Parishad. (Trinamul Chhatra Parishad requests all students of Malda College to maintain decency in their apparel and behaviour).”
Subhamoy Talukdar, the Malda College unit president of Trinamul Chhatra Parishad, said: “We have put the poster not with any vested interest but to maintain an appropriate environment in the college. A section of people with political interests is trying to malign us on the issue and are inciting students against us.”
SFI leaders in Malda criticised the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad for putting up the poster.
“Those who have put up the hoarding are of a different mindset like their party leaders. They want to issue diktats and control every student of the college. It is entirely up to the students to decide on what they will wear and come to the institution,” said Abhijit Dey, the Malda district SFI president.
Babul Sheikh, the Malda district president of the Congress-backed Chhatra Parishad, echoed Dey. “The Trinamul Chhatra Parishad is desperately trying to gain control in colleges across Malda district which is why, it has resorted to such diktats,” he said.
Sabitri Mitra, a Trinamul state minister and Malda district Trinamul president, supported the party’s student union.
“Nothing wrong was done by putting the poster. We appreciate and support it. Students, who are future citizens of the country, should come to college in decent clothes and must behave in a proper manner,” she said.
But college teachers did not seem happy.
Ashim Sarkar, the teacher-in-charge of Malda College, said: “The moment I saw the poster, I instructed that it should be removed. If such a message has to be passed to the students, it has to be put up by us and not by any students’ union.”