Trinamool Congress Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee today addressed the young party activists belonging to Trinamool Chhatra Parishad at a workshop held at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata.
The Chairperson asked students not to be depressed or upset and follow the 3 D’s for success: Dedication, Devotion, Determination. She said the huge turnout for the workshop today was an inspiration for her.
Class Representatives (CR) owing allegiance to Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad in different colleges across the State took part in this programme to take guidance from the senior leadership of the party.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairperson was immersed in nostalgia. “I feel proud to say my initiation in politics was with student activism. Our political career started from grassroots,” she said. She urged students to work for the people and always be by their side.
Criticising a section of the media for hyping small incidents, she said people have not forgotten the horrors of CPM rule in Netai, Khejuri, Nandigram or Keshpur. “We have to defeat CPM-BJP-Congress in the Assembly Elections,” she told the TMCP activists.
She made it clear their ideology was supreme in Trinamool. “We withdrew support to the Centre when their policies became anti-people,” she added. She also said that a database of TMCP activists in Bengal would be built.
Speaking of the development in Bengal in the last four years, the Chairperson said her government had set up 13 colleges in the last four years while Left Front set up only two in 34 years. “There were 31 colleges in Bengal till 2011. In four years we have set up 45 new colleges. There were only 1300 medical seats in Bengal till 2011. We have taken the number up to 2700 in just four years,” she added.
She also highlighted the success of Kanyashree while promising that 40 lakh girl students would receive cycles in the coming months. She also took pride in the fact that treatment for cancer, cardiac ailments and Thalassemia is free in the State.
Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) won over 90 per cent of the seats in the students’ union elections of Calcutta University held here on Saturday.
“Of the 750 seats, there was no contest in about 680 seats,” Swagata Sen, returning officer of the polls and Dean of Commerce of the University told journalists.
In the remaining 70 seats, about 40 were won by the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP), while the BJP-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won about 12 seats.
The Students Federation of India (SFI), the students wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), had to contend with only four seats.
The student wing of Congress Chhatra Parishad won three and Democratic Student Organisation won five seats in the contest.
TMCP President Ashok Rudra said that the reason for the victory was that other students unions had totally lost its base among students. He also told a newspaper: “Students are showering us with votes because of the huge amount of work done by West Bengal Government in the education sector, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee.”
Trinamool Chhatra Praishad (TMCP) has for the first time won the students’ union polls at North Bengal University.
Out of 79 seats TMCP won 56 seats uncontested. TMCP has also won the students’ union polls in 75% colleges in the north Bengal region.
The State Government had passed a Bill in 2013 titled The West Bengal Educational Institution’s Elections Bill, 2013, to provide for guidelines, rules and regulations regarding the manners, procedures and conduct of elections of Student Council of every Educational Institution of the State of West Bengal and such other manner connected therewith and incidental thereto.
In December 2014, State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced the elections to all 488 colleges across the state will be held in January, 2015. It was also decided that for colleges under Kolkata police area, the additional officer in charge (OC) will be the liaison officer and he will monitor the entire students’ union election process in the colleges.