Jaya Dutta removed from post of TMCP president

Jaya Dutta removed from post of TMCP president

Kolkata: Jaya Dutta has been removed from the post of TMCP president, following the controversy over collection of money to grant admission in colleges. The name of the new president of the student's wing of Trinamool Congress will be announced within the next 10 days.

Though Dutta has been removed from the post of president of TMCP, its state committee has not been dismantled. It was in May 2016 that Dutta was made the president of the party's students' wing, replacing Ashok Rudra.

It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had to intervene and direct Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police in Kolkata, to take necessary steps in connection with the incidents of demanding money after promising admission in colleges.

She herself had visited Asutosh College on Monday and stated that stern action will be taken against any irregularity related to admission in colleges. She had also requested college authorities and students unions to consider merit as the only criterion for admission in the undergraduate level.

Dutta was also directed to hold meetings with representatives of TMCP in all colleges to ensure that students are helped to get admission only on the basis of their merit.

However, allegations related to demand of money for admission kept cropping up in media, which added fuel to the controversy.

The police continued its crackdown and arrested Titan Saha, the former general secretary of Seth Anandaram Jaipuria College. Again on Tuesday, the anti-rowdy section of the Detective Department of Kolkata Police arrested Sk Jasimuddin, a second-year student of Surendranath College.

He was arrested when he was taking Rs 30,000 from a student to help with admission. Further investigation has revealed that he had failed to help the student to get admission and at the same time, was not ready to give back the documents. He had allegedly asked for more money to return the documents.

The state government has already announced that there will be no counselling for admission from the next time. But there was confusion among students and their parents at Surendranath College on Wednesday over the issue, which led to chaos.

Rajeev Kumar went to Surendranath College to look into the matter. Sources said that a report has also been submitted to the Chief Minister in this connection.

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