Uttar Pradesh will witness the first experiment of the much-debated provision of the “Right to Recall” through the Lucknow University Students Union elections scheduled for the coming academic session. The committee, which is drafting the LU’s Students Union constitution, has decided to add the provision of Right to Recall of elected representatives. LU spokesperson and a member of the drafting committee, Rajesh Misra, said the provision has been taken from the old constitution of the students union. According to him, the provision was incorporated in 1978, in the aftermath of JP Movement and Emergency.
Stating that the old constitution is “quite progressive and full of democratic ethos”, the draft committee decided to include all its provisions. The only new provisions that have been added are those recommended by the Lyngdoh Committee.
As per the provision, titled Popular Control: Vote of no confidence and the Right of Recall, “a motion of no confidence for the infringement of constitution, neglect of duties or for unbecoming conduct may be moved and passed against the student members of the Executive Committee and the members of the Union Council.”
The motion of no-confidence against the student office-bearers of the Union, individually or collectively, can be moved in the General Body meeting. The motion for no-confidence shall be passed by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting at the meeting of General Body. At least 500 members are required to form the quorum for such a meeting and the fresh election are required to take place within 10 days’ of the passage of the motion. After coming to power, the SP government ordered the revival of students unions in all the state universities, which were lying defunct for the last five years. LU has already announced October as the tentative month for holding the elections for students union.