Shimla: Over 100,000 students of the Himachal Pradesh University had to miss their classes on Monday owing to a day- long strike called by various student outfits over the recommendation made by colleges to discontinue direct elections for the students' union.

The call was given jointly by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Students Federation of India (SFI) after college heads asked Vice-Chancellor A.D.N. Bajpai to disallow direct polls for the Students Central Association.

"The shutdown was complete in all private and government affiliated colleges. Even in the Himachal Pradesh University campus, the strike was complete," said ABVP's state secretary Ajay Bherta.

The joint coordination committee of students' organisations has also threatened to intensify their agitations if the dates of the Student Central Association polls were not declared immediately.

No incident of violence was reported from anywhere in the state during the shutdown. A university spokesperson Monday said Vice-Chancellor Bajpai discussed the issue with the students and the final decision on the polls would be taken in the executive council meeting scheduled to be held in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday.


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