In trend that is disturbing for both the ruling Congress and opposition - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) student wing Student Federation of India retained its long held bastion in Himachal Pradesh University on Saturday.
Rajan Hartta of SFI won the post of president by defeating Navneet Kaushal of ABVP by 193 votes, while it was a close contest on the post of vice-president. ABVP-backed Babu Ram lost to Gopal Singh of SFI by mere five votes. Piyush Sewal of SFI was elected general secretary. He defeated his nearest rival Navin Sakhlani of ABVP by 247 votes. Monica Dadda of SFI was elected joint secretary. She secured 1,054 votes to defeat Priya Dogra of ABVP by 287 votes. The SFI panel has won 22 times, while it was only once that ABVP's entire panel won in the university.
The SFI swept the entire panel in the lone girls' college Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyayala. Payal Tanta won the president's post, Puja was elected vice-president, Priyanka Shyama general secretary and Priyanka Kumar joint secretary.
In Rajiv Gandhi Degree College, the SFI suffered a jolt as eight students backed by ABVP won on all four seats. Summet Manta was elected president, Ankur Kashyap vice-president, Ankush Sharma general secretary and Rohit Kumar was elected joint secretary.
At the government college - the Congress supported NSUI swept the entire panel winning all four posts. Ishan Sharma was elected president, Abhishek Nagta vice-president, Shivani Chauhan general secretary and Madhur Chauhan was elected joint secretary.
In the evening college, the SFI retained all the four seats. Here, Satish Kumar was elected president, Sonali Kashyap vice-president, Devinder Singh general secretary and Virender Thakur joint secretary.
The SFI managed to win the top two posts of president and vice-president in Sanskrit College, Fagli. Mohit Kumar and Trilok Sharma were elected president and vice-president, respectively.
Priyanka Sharma and Sishil Sharma both from ABVP were respectively elected as general and joint secretaries.
In Theogh, the constituency represented by IPH minister Vidya Stokes, right-backed ABVP won the entire panel. Ankit Verma (president), Rachana Pandey (vice-president) Akshay (general secretary and Pankaj Sharma (joint secretary).
In Govind Ballabh Pant College, Rampur, NSUI candidates won on all four seats. Rahul Soni (president), Monica Kanan (vice-president) Leela Chand (general secretary) and Archana Kumari (joint secretary).
In Nerwa in Chopal assembly segment, the entire panel was swept away by ABVP.
Ravinder Kumar (president), Narender (vice-president) Arvind Khimta (general secretary) and Rakesh Kumar (joint secretary).
It was a jolt for NSUI in Government College in Rohru sub-division, Semma, where ABVP won on three posts, except vice-president. Ronit Dhanta (president), Anoop Singh general secretary and Vinod Kumar (joint secretary), while NSUI's Aman Bharti was elected (vice-president).
In DAV College, Kotkhai, NSUI candidates won all four seats. Abhimanyu Kanwar (president), Prakshit Chauhan (vice-president), Rahul Gupta (general secretary) and Naveen Kumar (joint secretary).
In Lal Bahadur Shastri College, Sawra, SFI candidate Ankit Chauhan was elected president, Pooja vice-president and general secretary Pradeep Kumar. NSUI's Chetan Thakur was elected joint secretary.