• NSUI threatens stir after MS University rejects demand for recounting in Vadodara
     August 24th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Events in Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    MS University While the M S University Students’ Union (MSUSU) polls may have ended on Wednesday with results being announced, controversies refuse to die down. With its demand for recounting of votes being turned down, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has threatened to conduct an agitation even as a demand for recounting of votes for the faculty association polls led to a clash at the Faculty of Commerce.

    The NSUI had raised the demand for recounting of votes for the post of MSUSU general secretary (GS) and vice president (VP) where its candidates Gautam Nayak and Bhumika Barot had lost by 51 and 261 votes, respectively. The NSUI has also alleged that the university administration had capitulated under BJP leaders’ pressure to favour the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) during and after the polls.

    NSUI leaders had met MSU vice-chancellor Yogesh Singh demanding that a recounting should be granted. However, the advisory committee for the polls and Singh made it clear that there was no need for this and the university did not want to set a wrong precedence. “But the fact of the matter is that the administration is acting under political pressure,” Youth Congress leader Rutvij Joshi, who was also at the forefront of the NSUI campaign, said.

    MSU syndicate member Jigar Inamdar said the decision was taken in the wake of the fact that during the counting process, no objections or complaints were made by any of the candidates or their representatives. “Each ballot paper was shown to the counting agents and the counting process has been videotaped. We also rechecked the invalid ballot papers twice to ensure that there was no error. We are also willing to show these to them,” Inamdar said.

    Hinting at foul play, the NSUI is also raising the issue of ballot papers being brought at the last moment at the technology faculty and reaching a counting centre late. “The turnout at the faculty was beyond expectations and hence some new ballots were sent in the afternoon. Also, there has been no complaint with any polling official regarding the delay in bringing the ballot boxes,” Inamdar said.

    Elsewhere, at the Faculty of Commerce, groups of students belonging to the NSUI and the Happy Club came at blows in the afternoon and police had to use force to bring the situation under control. A demand for recounting was at the root of the controversy with Purvesh Borole of the NSUI winning against Hardik Sharma of Happy Club by 177 votes on the post of the faculty general secretary (FGS). Sharma and his supporters were demanding recounting, but this was turned down as the margin was too large.

    With supporters of both the outfits present at the commerce faculty, irate scenes were witnessed. The students also came to blows and a couple of them even sustained injuries. Police had to rush to the faculty and used force to bring the situation under control.