RUSU elec­tions: NSUI to dis­cuss poll drub­bing

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RANCHI: Congress af­fil­i­ated Na­tional Stu­dents’ Union of In­dia (NSUI) will hold a meet­ing to dis­cuss the poll drub­bing in re­cently held col­lege-level Ranchi Univer­sity stu­dents’ union elec­tions, where it could man­age a sin­gle vic­tory. The elec­tions were held for 80 of­fice-bear­ers in 16 des­ig­nated units of the univer­sity.

In the re­cent elec­tions, 367 can­di­dates con­tested for ‘di­rect elec­tions’ to five posts in each unit. The 16 units com­prised 14 con­stituent col­leges, one BED col­lege be­sides the 22 post-grad­u­ate de­part­ments, which were clubbed as a sin­gle unit.

RSS-af­fil­i­ated ABVP emerged as win­ner with 41 seats, fol­lowed by Adivasi Chhatra Sangh (ACS) at 24 and All Jhark­hand Stu­dents’ Union (AJSU) with 10 seats. The 80 win­ners across all units will con­test the in­di­rect elec­tions for five of­fice-bearer posts at univer­sity level on De­cem­ber 13. NSUI’s per­for­mance was even worse than in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates, who se­cured two seats.

RSS-AF­FIL­I­ATED ABVP EMERGED AS WIN­NER WITH 41 SEATS, FOL­LOWED BY ADIVASI CHHATRA SANGH (ACS) AT 24 AND ALL J’KHAND STU­DENTS’ UNION (AJSU) WITH 10 SEATS

How­ever, Ab­hi­nav Bha­gat, NSUI state spokesper­son and part of the elec­tion man­age­ment com­mit­tee for stu­dents’ union elec­tions, said that it was not a loss as the NSUI sup­ported stu­dents were at sec­ond po­si­tion in more than 20 places. He said that the union per­formed bet­ter than its com­plete wipe­out in 2016 RUSU elec­tions.

“We would hold a meet­ing af­ter De­cem­ber 13 to an­a­lyse the rea­sons for the de­feat,” said Bha­gat.

Bha­gat claimed that the rul­ing par­ties had tried to in­di­rectly in­flu­ence vot­ers. He cited the ex­am­ple of Mayor Asha Lakra who had gone to vote in the elec­tions de­spite her name was miss­ing in the vot­ers’ list. “If she wanted to vote, she could have come as a stu­dent, rather than with her body­guards and cav­al­cade,” Bha­gat said.

He said that dis­play of power in stu­dents’ union elec­tion re­sulted in low voter turnout. “The fo­cus shifted to pol­i­tics rather than stu­dent-re­lated is­sues. So, ma­jor­ity of stu­dents stayed away from the elec­tions, and a low voter turnout of around 20 per cent was recorded,” Bha­gat said. He said that some po­lit­i­cal par­ties had cam­paigned and tar­geted hos­tels, which voted en masse.

He also said that an of­fice­bearer of the rul­ing party was re­port­edly present in Mar­wari Col­lege dur­ing the count­ing pro­ce­dure. This had re­sulted in the count­ing process be­ing stopped twice for 30 min­utes. He said there was a pos­si­bil­ity tam­per­ing with the count­ing process as well.

Bha­gat said that is­sues per­tain­ing to stu­dents took a back seat af­ter the re­sults were de­clared. He said that BJP’s state spokesper­son had ac­cused NSUI of try­ing to li­ai­son with the win­ners to in­flu­ence the up­com­ing univer­sity polls.

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