With BJP government in state, ABVP fares well in student union polls in Kumaon
The ABVP has won elections in Nainital, while the NSUI has won the election for the post of president in SSJ Campus Almora and also the Pithoragarh and Bageshwar campuses. The main election in Champawat has been won by an Independent candidate.Updated: Oct 11, 2017 20:36 IST
After the ABVP’s win in DAV College student union elections in Dehradun, the RSS affiliated student organisation has fared well in the Kumaon region, too.
On Tuesday, the ABVP won the elections in the MB (PG) College Haldwani -- the biggest college of Kumaon.
Kuldeep Kulyal of the ABVP defeated Meemansha Arya of the NSUI by 597 votes in a battle which was being dubbed as a clash of titans of state politics.
The MB (PG) College elections had become a tussle between leader of opposition in the state assembly Indira Hridyesh, who belongs to the Congress and Dhan Singh Rawat, who is the minister of state for higher education.
Rawat had earned flak after he scolded the MB (PG) College principal Jagdish Prasad asking him to cancel nomination of NSUI candidate Meemansha Arya.
The ABVP has won elections in Nainital, while the NSUI has won the election for the post of president in SSJ Campus Almora and also the Pithoragarh and Bageshwar campuses. The main election in Champawat has been won by an Independent candidate.
Overall, the ABVP has fared well on the most prominent colleges and it bagged Haldwani college after three years of waiting along with important campuses as Rudrapur and Nainital.
Congress leader Sumit Hridyesh said the NSUI had fared well as it had won in many colleges, but the ABVP and BJP had indulged in blatant use of power to bag some important college students unions as that of Haldwani.
“We won in Bageshwar, Pithoraharg, Almora, Khatima and have done fairly well,” he said.
Dhruv Rautela, a youth leader of the BJP, said the ABVP had won in Rudrapur, Haldwani, Nainital, Sitarganj and several other places and it showed the rising popularity of the organisation.
“It’s unfortunate that we lost the elections of Almora and Pithoragarh campuses to the NSUI otherwise it would have been a big sweep by the ABVP,” he said.
First Published: Oct 11, 2017 20:36 IST