In a major development, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Jai Prakash Agarwal has removed the chairman of the DPCC Teachers Cell VK Bhasin from his post.
Agarwal made an announcement to this effect at a function organized to felicitate the newly elected Congress member of Delhi University Court on Wednesday evening. Bhasin has been charged with anti-party activities and campaigning against the official Congress candidate.
“Bhasin was working against the party line. He campaigned against the official Congress candidate in the elections to the selection of four executive council members from the Delhi University Court,” said Agarwal. He said that Bhasin kept him in dark over his affiliation with other party member. “We are trying to revive the DPCC teacher’s cell and make the Congress group alive in DU. We would try to raise all issues like promotion of the teachers, salary problems of the university Karmchari Union among others,” he added.
According to sources, Bhasin supported the Academics for Action and Development (AAD) candidate K S Bhati in the elections. Congress MLA Ramakant Goswami, who was sent as an observer by the DPCC president, also submitted a report in this regard. While Bhati polled highest number of votes in the election to, Congress candidate R N Vats polled second highest number of votes.
Apart from Vats and Bhati, BJP’s National Democratic Teachers’ Front member Beniwal and member of the Left supported Democratic Teachers’ Front Somdutt Sharma were elected to the Executive Council. The University court, which consists of professionals from different field and all past and present Vice Chancellor of the University, sends four nominees to the executive council every third year.
Agarwal’s decision is seen as a positive move to better the teachers’ cell of DPCC bitterly involved in internal politics for the past few years. During the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) election 2007, one of the most popular party functionaries Ashwini Shankar, a Delhi University teacher, was denied ticket from the Congress supported Indian National Teacher’s Congress (INTEC) in the DUTA elections.