The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is all set to win most of the seats in the Ranchi University student’s union polls, held after a gap of nine years.
The Adivasi Chatra Sangh (ACS) was placed at the second position at the time of filing this report.
As per the results announced so far, the ABVP swept the election in two colleges of the varsity, while the ACS fared well in three rural colleges by bagging majority of the seats.
The ABVP, a student affiliate of the ruling BJP, had in the recent past won all students’ union elections held in four universities of the state.
As per the trend available till late evening, the ACS is followed by the All Jharkhand Student Union at the third position.
The National Student Union of India (NSUI), which had entered into an alliance with other student unions, including Jharkhand Vikas Chatra Morcha (JVCM), Jharkhand Chatra Sangh (JCS) and Adivasi Moolvasi Chatra Sangh, failed to open account.
In three rural colleges, the ACS gave ABVP a tough contest pocketing most of the seats. But since the ABVP won all five seats of president, vice president, secretary, joint secretary and deputy secretary in Doranda College and JN College Dhurwa, it got an edge over its nearest rival in the overall seat count.
“The results seem to be in our favour till now and we are now gearing up for the university level election,” ABVP convenor Atal Pandey said.
The counting of ballots was sluggish even after low turnout (24%) and several ballots were found to be invalid, giving rise to call for holding student’s body polls regularly to make students (voters) accustomed with the voting process.
The successful candidates at the college level will contest at the university level polls—scheduled to be held on December 20.
Even though heavy security was deployed, clashes between ABVP and AJSU members were reported at Marwari College during counting of votes. Police later resorted to mild lathi charge to disperse the crowd.
Almost all the candidates of different student organisations fought this year’s elections on the development agenda focusing on several student-centric issues.