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Union polls: Jamia students hold hrs long meeting, get ready for long-drawn battle

A few hours after Jamia Millia Islamia made its stand clear as the students’ October 10 deadline ended today, student activists called a meeting and discussed threadbare their strategies. A reliable source said a public meeting with students has been called tomorrow and also students are mulling indefinite hunger strike.

A student source said we are getting ready for long-drawn battle.

Jamia has not organised students’ poll on the campus since 2006. The movement for restoration of union elections picked up as very recently two Delhi-based Central Universities organised students’ union polls.

Before submitting a memorandum on October 5 to the V-C, students had formed JAC that included several student bodies: the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, All India Students’ Association, Jamia Students’ Forum and DISS.

Earlier, Jamia said the Vice Chancellor apprised the students of the legal and technical problems involved in this matter: “(i) One of the students had filed the writ petition in 2012 in the High Court for holding students union election.

“(ii) The entire record & documents pertaining to this case are not available in the official records.

“(iii) The writ petition is listed in the category of regular matter for final hearing.

“As such the matter being sub-judice in the Court, the University has applied for procurement of the records of this case on 9th October 2017.

“Legally speaking, there are only three options available in the matter:

“(a) The petitioner may withdraw the case from the High Court, or

“(b) The regular students presently on the roll of the University may approach the High Court for seeking urgent relief as interested party in the matter which is sub-judice, or

“(c) The case being regular matter is decided on merits as per its own terms

“As soon as the official records are available from the High Court, the legal issues involved will be examined and necessary steps will be taken to resolve the issue as per the options available.

“It is therefore clarified that any action on the part of the students or the Respondent University without the specific directive of the Court in this issue will amount to Contempt of the Court.

“In view of the above, the university’s hands are tied.”

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