Patna University Still Tense over Student's Union Election

Students protesting at Patna University on Wednesday.

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Patna: Loser parties in the just-concluded students' union election of Patna University created ruckus on Wednesday when they claimed massive irregularities in the electoral process following the discovery of a ballot-box in a garbage dumpster just outside the Urdu Department.

Chanting anti-Vice Chancellor slogans and demanding nullification of the entire election in which the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) emerged as the biggest winner with Independent candidate Divyanshu Bhardwaj walking away with the prize catch of President's post, protestors representing various left groups including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal – U, said that while the ballots were counted at Patna Science College, how did one ballot box ended up in the dumpster in Patna College.

The ballot box also contained dummy voting cards that raised the ire of the students.

"Votes were cast at booth in Patna College after which they were to be taken to Patna Science College under strict security so how did they end up in the garbage dumpster near Urdu Department at Patna College," the protestors wanted to know.

The dumpster where ballot box was found at Patna University.

The also accused the university administration of rigging the election to favor ABVP, the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

University officials, however, said that the ballot box found in the dumpster was simply a 'training model' used to train the officials on duty during the election.

"We had asked the district officials to send us some dummy ballot boxes and dummy ballots so we could train those who were working at the polling booths. This is a common practice and there is nothing nefarious about it. The real ballot boxes were sealed and sent to the counting station under full security," the university proctor said.

Protestors also questioned the educational background of Divyanshu Bhardwaj saying he obtained a fake degree from Himalaya University after failing political science from B N College.

"If scrutinized, the university will find that he does not qualify to run for any post in the Patna University Students' Union," said Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) candidate and general secretary of the students' wing of the party Awadhesh Kumar Lal.


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