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60% students cast vote in AU poll revival

The elections to the Allahabad University Students’ Union (AUSU),held after a gap of seven years,passed off peacefully amid heavy police presence here on Saturday.

The elections to the Allahabad University Students’ Union (AUSU),held after a gap of seven years,passed off peacefully amid heavy police presence here on Saturday.

An estimated 60 per cent students turned up to cast their votes in what was being seen as an enthusiastic response to the revival of the students’ union.

The elections in three other constituent colleges —Allahabad Degree College,Ishwar Sharan Degree College and CMP Degree College — also passed off peacefully.

The counting of votes began at 4 pm and the results were likely to be announced around midnight or later. The oath taking will take place at 10.30 am on Sunday.

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Polling began at 8 am and remained brisk till it got over at 2 pm. No untoward incident was reported from either within or outside the campus.

However,there was a minor commotion at the Political Science and Hindi Departments polling centres following allegations that a particular students’ outfit,backed by a major party,were indulging in bogus voting. The matter was sorted out soon by the university and district administration. Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and Samajwadi Party’s Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha have fielded entire panels.

At least 102 candidates were in the fray contesting for posts like president,vice-president and general secretary. Some of the other posts for which the students were in contest were joint secretary and cultural secretary,besides faculty members and publication secretary.

Four of the candidates were known to have criminal antecedents. Three of them were involved in incidents in the run-up to the elections.

“Adequate security arrangements have been put in place. As such the elections have been held in peaceful and tension-free environment so far,” said the AU PRO P K Sahu.

Prof Sahu added that apart from the members of the students’ union advisory committee,nobody would be allowed in the premises,where counting is going on.

Circle Officer (Colonelganj) Praveen Singh Chauhan said: “Two companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and one company of the Rapid Action Force have been deployed round-the-clock. Several hundred constables and head constables,besides over a dozen of sub-inspectors and nearly 10 Station Officers from various parts of the district have also been deployed.” RAF has taken control around the area where counting is going on,he said.

The police were also planning to escort candidates to their homes after counting to prevent any untoward incident. “It has not been finalised yet. But we will provide adequate security to the candidates post counting,” said Chauhan.

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