Babul Supriyo-students clash: West Bengal governor defends decision to visit Jadavpur University campus, says 'happy to get cooperation' from faculty

WB Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said he was left with no option but to rush to JU campus to 'rescue' Babul Supriyo, who was heckled and gheraoed by a section of students.

Press Trust of India September 23, 2019 10:32:13 IST
Babul Supriyo-students clash: West Bengal governor defends decision to visit Jadavpur University campus, says 'happy to get cooperation' from faculty
  • WB Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said he was left with no option but to rush to JU campus to 'rescue' Babul Supriyo, who was heckled and gheraoed by a section of students.

  • Supriyo was blocked on Thursday at the campus by protesters from left-wing student unions for nearly five hours and was taken out by the governor.

  • Dhankar, who is also the chancellor of the university, said there was nothing wrong in his decision to visit the campus to understand the prevailing situation.

Kolkata: Facing flak from the ruling TMC for visiting the Jadavpur University without informing the government, West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday said he was left with no option but to rush to the campus to "rescue" Union minister Babul Supriyo, who was heckled and gheraoed by a section of students.

Babul Supriyostudents clash West Bengal governor defends decision to visit Jadavpur University campus says happy to get cooperation from faculty

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Supriyo was blocked on Thursday at the campus by protesters from left-wing student unions for nearly five hours and was taken out by the governor.

Dhankar, who is also the chancellor of the university, said there was nothing wrong in his decision to visit the campus to understand the prevailing situation.

"I am happy that after I went there, I got the cooperation and support of students and professors," he said.

"If I don't connect with the agitating students and understand their situation, who will? I have to connect, have a dialogue with them...Only then, we can go ahead," the governor said at an event here.

The Trinamool Congress has criticised Dhankar for turning up at the varsity without informing the state government and for adopting a "partisan approach" in blaming the ruling party for the ruckus.

TMC leader and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said in a Facebook post in Bengali on Sunday evening that he believed the governor "should speak within the constitutional powers given to him".

The minister did not elaborate.

Chatterjee had earlier criticised Dhankar for visiting the campus and for instructing the vice-chancellor to call the police to the campus when Supriyo was confined in the campus the agitating students.

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