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Mamata pledges support for Presidency University

Mamata pledges support for Presidency University
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been hospitalised since her return to the city on Wednesday, has spoken to the vice-chancellor of Presidency University, Malabika Sarkar, assuring of all possible help to ensure normalcy in the institution.

Cabinet Minister Subrata Mukherjee told Millennium Post that the government will do whatever ‘restoration and repair’ is necessary. ‘Irrespective of who is guilty of vandalising the college, the government will repair the damage,’ Mukherjee said. Five people have been arrested so far on charges of vandalising the prestigious Presidency University. Revival of Presidency College has in fact been a dream project for Banerjee who had formed a core group of alumni members when she came to power to ensure that the university becomes one of the top colleges in India.

TMC spokesperson said Banerjee has asked her senior party colleagues to enquire whether any TMC activists were involved in the incident and take strong action against them. The state Human Rights Commission has also taken cognisance of the situation and has asked the state police that someone from the level of additional police commissioner should investigate the matter. Amal Mukherjee, ex-professor of the university, will chair an investigation.

Meanwhile, West Bengal governor MK Narayanan met students and teachers of Presidency University on Friday and assured them of security. In a strong response that governors seldom come up with, Narayanan said he has been a student of communism for over six decades and was aware that democratic centralism was pivotal to communist ideology.
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