ALLAHABAD — In less than one month, it is the second big defeat for Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad or ABVP, the combine youth group of BJP-RSS, in student union polls at a central university. In September, the saffron outfit was washed away at Jawaharalal Nehru University (JNU).
In the Allahabad University Students Union polls, Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha of Samajwadi Party won the post of president while NSUI of Congress won the posts of Vice President and Cultural Secretary. ABVP could win just one seat of General Secretary. The post of joint secretary was also won by Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha.
Udai Prakash Yadav of the Samajwadi Chatra Sabha defeated his nearest ABVP rival Atendra Singh by 774 votes.
Akhilesh Yadav of the NSUI bagged the Vice President’s seat by securing 2,157 votes.
ABVP, the student wing of the BJP, despite its high decibel campaign, managed to win only the general secretary post.
Its candidate Shivam Singh secured 2,823 votes and the joint secretary post went to Satyam Singh ‘Sunny’ of the SCS. The cultural secretary as bagged by NSUI’s Aditya Singh who got 1,832 votes.
After a bout of violence, the newly-elected office bearers of the Allahabad University Students Union were sworn in on Saturday amid tight police presence, officials said.
Violence rocked the varsity at around 2 a.m., soon after the results of the polling held earlier on Friday were announced with mobs of alleged Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) supporters torching vehicles and setting a hostel building on fire.
Crude bombs were also hurled.
Fire tenders and senior district officials including the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) rushed in with reinforcements to calm the unruly mob.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) to SSP Allahabad, Prince Dixit told IANS that the situation had slowly limping back to normal.
There have been no arrests so far.
Some policemen were also injured in the violence.
The results are being seen as a crude shock to the ruling BJP as its student wing lost the prestigious students union election.
— With Inputs from IANS