A SHOW of strength between Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists for garnering support in the forthcoming student body elections ended in a spat, leading to tension on the Government Arts and Commerce College (GACC) campus today.
Things calmed down when college authorities summoned the police. According to sources, a group of NSUI activists belonging to the Sonkar panel, which is contesting elections, was present inside the college when ABVP activists arrived on the spot in large numbers at about noon. The ABVP activists started pasting banners, posters and their manifesto in the college to lure voters.
Just then another group of NSUI activists arrived from outside and along with those already present on campus started chanting slogans. This gave rise to heated tempers, causing a frisson of tension in the college.
The NSUI activists led by Rakesh Silawat came face to face with the ABVP group led by their City general secretary Kamlesh Vaishnav, sparking off a row.
The NSUI activists alleged that the college administration that has a Janbhagidari Samiti dominated by persons having allegiance to the saffron party was secretly aiding ABVP.
Alleging rigging in voters’ list, the NSUI activists threatened a boycott of the elections. They also started pelting stones and broke windowpanes resulting in police being called in by the college staff. A large posse of policemen from the nearby Bhanwarkuan police station arrived immediately and helped cool tempers and the agitation subsided to a milder tenor.
Though no c case was registered against persons and no cross or counter-complaints filed, the police registered a case against unidentified persons for destroying government property. It is believed that the college would be a witness to many more heated scenes till the time that elections get over.