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Former JNUSU presidents come together to extend support to the protesting students

In a protest called by all the former presidents of JawaharLal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) against the draft hostel manual which proposes a 300% increase in the hostel fee and introduces various other charges under new heads. The alumni also declared a day-long protest on November 27.

The former presidents of JNUSU opposed the fee hike, calling it unilateral and anti-student move. They were of the view that the hike was done in an undemocratic manner in the controversial IHA meeting without any consultation with the elected representatives of the Union and hostel presidents.

Former JNU student and now Secretary of JNU Teachers’ Association, Surjeet Majumdar said, “Increasing cost of higher education with reduced government funding will prevent the students coming from marginalized sections to come to higher education and ultimately hamper the constitutional objective of making an educated country.” JNU students and teachers have always stood against the undemocratic decisions of administration and government. But since this government came to power, we have only witnessed the democratic rights of the students being demolished one by one.”

He said we will do everything possible to protect the campus democracy for which JNU is known throughout the country. We pledge our unconditional support to the students’ union in their ‘just’ fight against the fee hike and ‘autocratic’ JNU administration.

Former President of JNUSU and CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Politburo member Prakash Karat, expressed their solidarity with the students demanding a complete rollback of the hostel fee hike and said the protest should not be reduced to the binary of Left vs Right. They also released a joint statement with four demands, signed among others by NCP leader Devi Prasad Tripathi, expressing solidarity with the students.

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