In A Calcutta University Event For Abhijit Banerjee Governor Driven Out
In an event at Calcutta University students shouted “go back” slogans against Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and forced him to leave the convocation without even stepping on stage.
In A Calcutta University Event For Abhijit Banerjee Governor Driven Out (File Image)
New Delhi: In an event at Calcutta University students shouted “go back” slogans against Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and forced him to leave the convocation without even stepping on stage.
The governor spent 30 odd minutes at the convocation venue inside a guest room backstage. The Chief Minister did not go to the convention. On 24 December, he was prevented from reaching the convocation venue at Jadavpur University by an association of University employees who blockaded him at the gate.
The honorary doctorate Calcutta University gave to Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was ultimately conferred not by the Governor who is chancellor but by the vice-chancellor instead.
Today, the governor reached the venue but could not reach the stage. Till the students stopped shouting slogans, Dr. Abhijit Banerjee was also backstage. He came on stage only after the ceremonial proceedings had begun. The convocation began only after he drove out of campus after sitting for almost an hour at the blocked gate.
It is still not clear yet if Dr. Banerjee and the Governor were seated in the same guest room backstage.
As Governor sat in the guest room and the slogan-shouting continued inside the auditorium of Nazrul Manch where the special convocation was being held, Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakravarty Bandhopadhyay pleaded with students to let her confer the honorary D Litt on Abhijit Banerjee, assuring them that the Governor would not come on stage.
Governor Dhankar, as Chancellor of the university, was to preside over the convocation. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee skipped the event and was seen at an art camp organized in protest against the citizenship law CAA.
r Dhankar had tweeted before the event: "As Chancellor would be presiding Calcutta University (CU) Convocation today. CU will also confer honorary D Litt (honoris causa) on Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee."
He had also praised the Nobel-winning economist and said he was "proud" to be associated with the decision to honor him a chancellor of Calcutta University.
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