Leftists at PU Cry Foul; Demand Investigation into PUSU Poll

Losers in the PUSU election protest outside Patna University office on Monday.

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Patna: Shell-shocked by the complete obliteration in the just-concluded Patna University Students' Union (PUSU) election, the left on the campus went on a rampage on Monday accusing the University of rigging the polls in favor of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Members of the All India Students' Association (AISA) and All India Students' Federation (AISF) took out an 'angry march from Patna College to the university office just a few hundred yards away where they broke the main gate in an attempt to corner Vice Chancellor Ras Bihari Singh to seek re-election at many booths.

Led by AISA's Mokhtar Ansari and AISF's Sushil Kumar, the protestors demanded resignation of the Vice Chancellor, re-counting of the ballots, and a high-level probe into what they describe as 'clear collusion' between the university officials and the BJP.

"We have found massive irregularities in the entire electoral process including collusion, coercion, and threat of violence to cast vote for chosen candidates. As a result, the left parties have suffered immeasurable defeat in the hands of fascist forces," Ansari said.

The students handed over a memo of their grievances to the Vice Chancellor who, in turn, has invited them for a talk on February 22.

ABVP takes a victory lap in Patna on Monday.

Meanwhile, ABVP, the biggest winner in the PUSU Poll, dropped the idea of a victory rally in the campus at the request of the district administration that said that it was not prepared to deal with any contingency with emotions running high among the losers.


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