In the wake of campus violence,five district presidents of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP),including all three of Kolkata, North, South and Central, have been removed, Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of the Trinamool Congress said Wednesday.

The decision was taken at a meeting held at Trinamool Bhavan chaired by the party&’s secretary general. He held a meeting with the different district presidents and students’ representatives of colleges and universities.

Chatterjee, however, maintained its official statement that these presidents were removed owing to age as the party was aiming at bringing in fresh faces.

“We are shuffling the post of the district presidents to bring in fresh faces who could lead the part from the front,” Chatterjee said.

The districts where TMCP presidents were removed are East Midnapur, South 24-Parganas, along with the three from Kolkata. From the Hooghly district, however, the distric president of TMCP, Subhadeep Shaw was removed earlier.

While north Kolkata&’s Jaipuria College was in the news for their internal factional rivalry between two groups of TMCP, reports of similar clashes from all parts of the city were pouring in, party sources said.

Moreover, Partha Chatterjee has also sent out a strong signal to several other district presidents of the students wing, who using the name of the party, creates undue violence and tarnished the image of TMCP. The students’ union of Domjur College has been given a strict warning, party sources said, to stay out of matters of the governing body. Without directly mentioning the name of the college, Chatterjee, talking to the Press, said, “I have asked the students not to interfere in matters of the governing body.” With the college election scheduled in November, the senior leader also strictly condemned the infiltration of former students of colleges who still monitor colleges from outside. “The colleges’ unions will consist of students of the colleges only. The party will help them judiciously,” he said. In strong words, he said, “The college cannot be transformed into a party office. Students associated with the union will attend classes regularly.”