Hridyesh, minister draw battle lines in Haldwani college polls
Elections to the MB (PG) College students’ union, slated for October 10, have turned out to be a battle between Congress’s leader of opposition in the state assembly Indira Hridyesh and BJP’s minister of state for higher education Dhan Singh Rawatdehradun Updated: Oct 08, 2017 20:47 IST
Elections to the MB (PG) College students’ union, slated for October 10, have turned out to be a battle between Congress’s leader of opposition in the state assembly Indira Hridyesh and BJP’s minister of state for higher education Dhan Singh Rawat.
Rawat is said to have got the ticket for Kuldeep Kulyal, the ABVP candidate for the college president post.
The ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad), BJP’s students’ wing, won the president’s post at DAV PG College in Dehradun in August. The NSUI National Students Union of India, a wing of the Congress, swept elections at MKP PG College in the state capital in the same month.
Belonging to Pauri district, Rawat had been active in the Kumaon region as an ABVP activist and a BJP secretary. After assuming power, he has focused on Haldwani.
The minister is interested in the elections at the MB (PG) College, the biggest in Kumaon. Rawat reportedly took college principal Jagdish Prasad to task for not cancelling the nomination of NSUI presidential candidate Meemansha Arya.
The minister said Arya had failed in the BSc first year examination at the college, taken admission in the same course the next year, and later got a degree, which, he said, violated norms as a person who has failed cannot enroll in a regular degree course.
The principal said Arya’s case was three years old and she has been awarded degree by the Kumaon University.
The minister’s stand against Arya brought him in confrontation with Indira Hridyesh, the Haldwani Congress MLA who supports NSUI candidates every year.
Indira Hridyesh held a meeting in Haldwani on Saturday evening, urging Congress leaders to pitch in for the NSUI candidate’s win.
Congress leader Sumit Hridyesh, the son of the leader of opposition, said minister Rawat was trying to ensure the ABVP candidate’s victory. “The NSUI will foil his (Rawat’s) plans and emerge victorious at the college.”
Efforts to contact the minister failed; his personal assistant said Rawat was busy in department-related matters.