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Student Council election at Central University of Gujarat ABVP loses fight on all five seats at CUG

January 25, 2020 07:27 AM


Student Council election at Central University of Gujarat
ABVP loses fight on all five seats at CUG
Rest of 11 seats were won uncontested; Left-leaning BAPSA, SFI and LDSF win one seat each while 2 seats go to independent candidates
Ahmedabad Mirror Bureau
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Winds of change are blowing for students politics, at least at Central University of Gujarat. Of the five student council seats that went to election on Friday, three were grabbed by Left-leaning student outfits while the remaining two went to independent candidates. All the five candidates fielded by ABVP lost. Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA—which was formed at Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2014 and follows Ambedkarite ideology), Students’ Federation of India (SFI—a Communist Party of India-affiliate student body) and Left Democratic Students Federation (LDSF) grabbed one seat each.

Of the 11 schools at CUG, elections were held at five. These included School of Languages, International Relations, Library Science, Environmental and Social Science. According to students, BAPSA candidate Ashraf won 114 of total 167 votes in Social Science, Prachi Lokhande of LDSF got 30 out of total 38 votes in International Relations and Chittaranjan from SFI got 94 out of total 166 votes. The other two candidates are Tarun Kumar Ahirwar from Environmental Science and Vijendra Kumar from Library Science.

On the remaining seats, students were elected uncontested, said deanstudents HB Patel. While students said that only two seats went to ABVPbacked candidates, the group claimed that of the 11 seats, they had five, on which all candidates had won uncontested.

“What is interesting is that while BAPSA has been winning for three years, SFI and LDSF fielded candidates for the first time and won seats,” said Sumedh, a leader. ABVP issued a note stating CUG violated its own norms to help Left-leaning students win in the election. They alleged that the varsity was supposed to keep classes closed on the voting day on January 22; however, the laboratory and others were functioning, preventing students from voting.


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