- ABVP loses all 5 seats in Central University of Gujarat elections
ABVP loses all 5 seats in Central University of Gujarat elections
NEW DELHI: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) lost all the five seats it contested in the student council election of the Central University of Gujarat. Elections were held for only five of the total 11 seats as independent candidates won unopposed in the rest.
The Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA), the Students Federation of India (SFI) and the Left Democratic Students Federation (LDSF) won one seat each while two were won by independent candidates.
BAPSA candidate Ashraf won 114 out of 167 votes in the School of Social Sciences, SFI’s Chittaranjan won in the School of Languages with 94 out of 166 votes and LDSF’s Prachi won 30 out of 38 votes in School of International Relations. Tarun Kumar Ahirwar and Vijendra Kumar won as independent candidates from the School of Environmental Science and the School of Library Science, respectively.
“This is the first time that SFI and LDSF are contesting elections in the university. Previously, only BAPSA used to contest the elections,” said Vikas Pathe, a student.
The ABVP alleged that the university kept laboratories open on election day, January 22, while classes were supposed to remain closed, adversely affecting the voter turnout.
But according to students, these laboratories were in the science schools from where the independent candidates had already won uncontested.
The ABVP also claimed that five of the six independent candidates who won uncontested were affiliated to it.
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