FRACAS IN some colleges – reportedly involving outside elements — marked the run up to college council polls scheduled for August 25 and 26. Scuffle was reported from BHEL College – where recently a shooting accident had also occurred and presence of police prevented a possible showdown there.
Despite fact that elections are being held in indirect manner, interference of some political and criminal elements became evident in these two incidents. The direct elections to college council polls in the State were banned to prevent criminal and political elements from getting active in college campuses.
Several efforts by the two major students’ organisations – National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) — for revival of direct polls has cut no ice with policymakers or the Chancellor’s office.
Meanwhile, two major autonomous girls colleges – Sarojini Naidu Government Autonomous PG College and MLB Autonomous College – have decided not to hold the college council polls on these scheduled days. The autonomous colleges have choice to hold elections by independent schedule as per decision of the Principal. The election at Sarojini Naidu College would be held at later date on merit basis, it was learnt.
Election mood prevailed in several colleges, though it is not much intense owing to fact that the election is to be held in indirect manner.
On Friday, the office-bearers of various committees – like the social welfare committee, environmental awareness committee, sports and culture committee, scientific activities committee and so on would be elected. Also the students would vote for class representatives wherever they are not elected unanimously.
At BHEL College, the scuffle reportedly took place after a student Devendra Sawane, who had been unanimously elected for the post of president of the youth awareness committee, decided to withdraw his nomination. Some students, reportedly with the support of some outsiders, took up an argument with another group over this matter. Later, police were called in and the matter settled. No case was registered.
Here, Seema Chouksey, Devendra Chouksey and Anil Shakya were unanimously elected as president, vice-president and secretary of the social welfare committee, while Lakhan and Shamsuddin were unanimously elected as president and joint secretary of the environmental awareness committee.
Similarly, at BSSS College, the attempts of some outsiders to get into college campus in group was foiled owing to presence of police who were called by the college authorities in anticipation of some problem. At Hamidia College too, some outsiders are said to be dominating the election scene. At other colleges like the Navin College, panels were decided for the elections.
Both the NSUI and ABVP have made preparations to field their candidates (though not directly) for the polls. Both the organisations have made basic preparations for the elections and have also set aside some funds for the purpose. It is a general practice for both the students’ organisations to claim winners as their candidates in post-election scenario.
Direct vs Indirect
1 Despite the fact that elections are being held in indirect manner, interference of some political and criminal elements became evident in two incidents.
2 Revival of direct polls has cut no ice with policymakers or the Chancellor’s office.