War within parivar: ABVP, BJP MLA clash over student poll
The ABVP members protested at Yatishwarnand’s Shankar Ashram where they burnt an effigy of the BJP legislator. On seeing this, Yatishwaranand threw the burning effigy at protesting students, triggering heated arguments between both the sides.dehradun Updated: Sep 09, 2017 21:18 IST
Haridwar: A rare public war within the Sangh Parivar erupted on Saturday when members of the ABVP clashed with supporters of BJP MLA Swami Yatishwaranand in Haridwar over the outcome of a student union poll.
Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarathi Parishad (ABVP) cadres got angry after their candidate Tarun Chauhan lost to Vikram Bhullar by 835 votes for president’s post in the election at Gurukul Kangri University.
The ABVP alleged that Bhullar was funded by Yatishwaranand, the legislator from Haridwar (rural) constituency.
Student union election at the university was held on Friday. For past few years, the ABVP had been winning the student union election in the university.
The ABVP members protested at Yatishwarnand’s Shankar Ashram where they burnt an effigy of the BJP legislator. On seeing this, Yatishwaranand threw the burning effigy at protesting students, triggering heated arguments between both the sides.
Soon, the situation became violent with the two sides using sticks to attack each other. A couple of two-wheeler and four-wheeler were damaged during the violence, police said.
ABVP state vice-president Naveen Pant alleged that Yatishwaranand went out of party line by supporting rival candidate and was instrumental in loss of ABVP candidates in Gurukul Kangri University student union election.
When contacted, Yatishwaranand refuted the allegations, saying it was a blame game by some of the organisation’s leaders who want to shed away from their responsibility of the loss.
Heavy police deployment was made in wake of the clash to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, a complaint was lodged at Jwalapur police station against ABVP and Gurukul Kangri University students for creating ruckus, and forcefully trespassing Ved Mandir ashram premise.