Indore: A day after protests by BJYM and NSUI on Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) court’s poll schedule, leaders of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) also reached the university on Tuesday and demanded to amend the schedule else they would state agitation but Registrar VK Singh remained firm on his stand.
“There is no provision in the rulebook to change dates of elections once announced. So I am not going to make any change in the poll schedule,” Singh, who is also returning officer of upcoming court’s elections, told the ABVP leaders led by their national secretary Rohin Rai. The ABVP leaders had gone to vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad’s office seeking amendment in the election schedule as, according to them, only one day time was given to graduates to register for the polls.
Dhakad informed them that the returning officer of the elections is the registrar so they should have a word with him. The returning officer was called to the VC’s office but he denied accepting the ABVP leaders’ demand. “I don’t have power to change election schedule as it is already announced,” he said prompting the ABVP leaders to allege that the university had hatched a conspiracy to ensure that only a select graduates could register for the polls.
“The notification of registration deadline (April 17) was intentionally issued on April 13 as there were holidays at the university for the next three days. The only working day was April 17 so only select graduates could apply for the polls,” Rohin said. He sought to know from the registrar as to why the registration deadline was not mentioned in the previous notification dated December 30, which was starting date of registrations.
Former ABVP state president Sachin Sharma claimed that the registration forms were also not made available to the graduates before April 13. The registrar rubbished the claim and said that the registration forms were uploaded on the university website along with guidelines for the elections on December 30 itself. With the registrar not giving in to their demand, the ABVP leaders threatened to stage demonstration on the university campus to push for their demand. Rohin said that they would not let the university function if the registration deadline was not extended.
The VC intervened and said that he was seeking a legal advice on the matter and soon will let them know if the election schedule could be changed. Following the assurance, the ABVP gave up their protest and left the VC’s office but then it was thronged by the NSUI leaders, who are against making any change in the election schedule. They said that if the election schedule would be changed they would not let the university officers function.“Election schedule once announced cannot be amended. If the university accepted the ABVP demand then it should forget functioning hassle-free. We will not let this university to run,” NSUI district president Amit Patel said.
NSUI senior leader Vikas Nandwana objected to the VC’s statement of taking legal advice on the matter. “If legal advice was to be taken, it should have been taken before the election schedule was made public. We condemn the VC’s assurance to the ABVP,” he said.
Electoral roll to be released tomorrow
The DAVV announced plans to release updated electoral roll on Thursday. On Wednesday, the applications forms submitted by the graduates would be scrutinized and the following day updated electoral rol0l which already has about 5,800 graduates registered from 1965 till 1984 would be released. Only those graduates whose names will figure into the electoral roll would be able to contest and vote in the elections which are to be held on July 18.