A section of students of the Jadavpur University in Kolkata showed black flags and raised slogans against Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as he arrived at the premier institution to attend a meeting on Monday (December 23). The governor is the chancellor of the university.
#WATCH West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar shown black flags and posters of 'BJP activist Mr Jagdeep Dhankar Go back' by students on his arrival at Jadavpur University for the convocation ceremony. pic.twitter.com/PLlPJlabAU
— ANI (@ANI) December 23, 2019
The governor was greeted with “go back” slogans as the students surrounded his car. Dhankhar was stuck for around 45 minutes after which he was escorted to the court meeting venue by security personnel.
Was at Jadavpur University for two hours. Had interaction with agitated students on various issues and indicated that am keen to connect with them further at Raj Bhawan. The Jadavpur University Court meeting could not be held and instructed C to have iat Raj Bhawan this evening.
— Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) December 23, 2019
Hours later, the governor tweeted saying the meeting could not be held at the university. “Was at Jadavpur University for two hours. Had interaction with agitated students on various issues and indicated that am keen to connect with them further at Raj Bhawan. The Jadavpur University Court meeting could not be held and instructed C to have at Raj Bhawan this evening,” he said in the tweet.
The state administration was not at all responsive as regards my visit to Jadavpur University, he added.
The varsity earlier cancelled the special convocation where Dhankhar was supposed to confer DLitt and DSc to some eminent people. It was scheduled on December 24. The JU authorities said it will instead hold a simple ceremony in which only students will be awarded degrees and certificates.
The Left students’ unions said the governor was making “unwarranted interference into the autonomy of the institute”.
(With inputs from agencies)