Election for Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) scheduled today has been postponed following confrontation between groups of the contesting candidates and the resignation of the Returning Officer of the election. Tension remains high in the University complex as groups of the rival candidates confronted against the approval of a candidate during scrutiny held yesterday whose attendance was alleged by another rival group to have not reached the mark.
The matter was reached to the table of the Vice chancellor even a HOD of a specific department who had submitted the records of the student’s attendance to the election committee. However, the suspension order was revoke today prolong meeting between the VC, election committee, Registrar and student representatives.
A twist in the situation occurred compelling the VC to postpone the election after Returning Officer of the election Prof. M Ranjit of Mathematics Department, submitted resignation before the commencement of the election.
Earlier, in the morning students from Computer Science Department staged protest in front of the office of Dean of Student’s Welfare against the direct suspension of HOD of the Department, Prof Tejmani Sinam.
While demanding revoke of their HOD before the voting begins, students joining the protest told media that suspension of the teacher was very unreasonable. Even if have to be suspended, there should be an enquiry before jumping to the decision. The protestors blamed the University authority for exercising over power.
Meanwhile, a large number of students lead by another candidates who came to cast their vote gathered in front of Old Social Science Block which was supposed to be the venue of voting site.
The whole campus remain intense with the confrontations between groups of students till late afternoon, however there was no report of any violent incident. Later, the situation was settled after the University authority and student representatives held a meeting and agreed to revoke the suspended Professor without any condition. The meeting also decided to reschedule the election tomorrow (that is December 5).