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Blaming the students and some members of the Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) for his resignation, outgoing Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti on Tuesday termed the students’ agitation as ‘undemocratic’ and ‘unconstitutional’.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that Mr. Chakrabarti would resign, ending a four-month-long impasse between him and the students.
Mr. Chakrabarti had been guarded in communicating with the media regarding the issue and had mostly remained silent since the police crackdown on the University campus in the wee hours of September 17, 2014 during a students’ agitation.
Fifteen students had been on an eight-day hunger strike to demand his resignation, which they withdrew on Monday.
“The agitation at Jadavpur University is unwholesomely unconstitutional as the students and teachers defy the Governor, West Bengal, the [Calcutta] High Court and the executive, being the State government,” Mr. Chakrabarti said, reading out his resignation letter.
Believed to be close to the ruling Trinamool Congress, he asserted that he had no political affiliation and that the Chief Minister’s sudden visit to the campus on Monday evening was not a political intervention or a tactic to make him resign.
However, on being asked why he chose to resign on the same day as Ms. Banerjee’s visit to the campus, Mr. Chakrabarti said it was his ‘personal decision’ and avoided further questions.
“I did not resign under political pressure,” he said.
From : The Hindu