THE FIRST phase of college council polls – wherein the office bearers of the various committees in colleges are elected – was held today across the state in generally peaceful atmosphere, except for one or two minor incidents of protests in state capital and other parts of state.
Some of the colleges like BHEL College, BSSS and Hamidia College that had witnessed some scuffle on Thursday saw heavy police presence on Friday.
Both the major students organisations – National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) – have claimed to win around 80 to 90 per cent of the seats all across the state. The NSUI has also charged the ABVP of using administrative machinery and seeking help of anti-social elements to try to turn the tide in its (ABVP’s) favour.
The ABVP claimed to have won 1620 posts out of the 1800 in 407 colleges across the state. The NSUI said that it won 80 per cent seats in various colleges and more than 90 per cent seats in the colleges of Satna, Sidhi, Rewa, Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria, Panna, Damoh, Sagar, Jabalpur, Chhatarpur, Indore, Gwalior, Narsinghpur, Guna, Vidisha, Morena, Datia and others.
Both the organisations have said that since they have managed to bag majority in the various committees, they would win maximum posts in the executive councils in the colleges – the elections for which would be held on Saturday.
On Saturday, the college executive councils would be elected by the office bearers of the committees elected today as well
as by the class representatives either elected or nominated by the colleges. In some colleges the class representatives would also be elected on Saturday during the early hours.
Meanwhile, the NSUI alleged that owing to the interference of anti-social elements and the pressure of office bearers of People’s Participatory Committees (PPCs) of the colleges, a girl student attempted suicide at Gwalior. It also alleged that false cases were registered on NSUI members in Sagar owing to interference of anti-socials.
In the state capital, protests by NSUI workers were witnessed at the Geetanjali College where the president of the PPC reportedly rejected the nomination of an NSUI candidate to push the candidature of her own daughter.
State spokesman of the NSUI Syed Jafar while expressing deep concern over the interference of anti-social elements said that massive wins posted by the NSUI students might push the ABVP to further create problems during the Saturday’s final phase.
However, the state secretaries of the ABVP Bharat Parakh and Ashwini Paranjape have said that one-sided win of ABVP during Saturday’s final phase is ensured.
CAPITAL COLLEGES: In the capital, elections were held in several of the colleges except for some major ones like the Sarojini Naidu Girls Government Autonomous College, MLB Girls’ Autonomous College, the Institute for Excellence in Higher Education (IEHE) and the State Law College.
In Hamidia College – office bearers for eight committees were elected unanimously, in BSSS – six committees were formed, in MVM College – seven committees, in Navin College – three committees, in BHEL College – four out of five committees were formed. Similarly in Geetanjali College seven of the ten committees were elected unanimously, while on three committees voting was held for two posts each.
At the Government Benazir College six committees were formed unanimously, while at the Saifia Arts and Commerce and the Saifia Science Colleges two committees each were formed unanimously. The ABVP has claimed victory in seven committees of Geetanjali College, four of Sadhu Vaswani College, four committees in MVM College and four in BHEL College. The NSUI has claimed victory in BHEL, BSSS, Navin, Rajiv Gandhi and Saifia Colleges.