Shimla: By making a clean sweep at Himachal Pradesh University students central association (CSA) elections, Students Federation of India (SFI) has held onto its stronghold at the institution.
SFI had won all four seats of SCA last year also and has been the dominant outfit on the campus for many years.
SFI panels also swept the poll at two city colleges and one at Theog, congress affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) had its pocket of influence in Rohru colleges and BJP affiliated ABVP candidate won a position at Rampur and secured two seats in two city college here.
At HPU Puneet Dhanta was declared winner as president by defeating Deepak Manta of ABVP by a margin of 536 votes. NSUI had put up Naveen Thakur as their candidate.
For vice president, Lokender Kumar of SFI was declared winner, defeating Kumari Shiva of ABVP by a margin of 673 votes.
Hoshiar Singh (SFI) defeated Yadunandan of AVBP by 676 votes for the position of general secretary and Manju Thakur (SFI) piped Maheshwar Singh of ABVP by 585 votes. Panel of NSUI candidates Naveen Thakur, Sachin Verma, Ashwani, Anil Kumar ended third in the triangular contest.
With polling for the studentsâ€™ body poll conducted in the forenoon, the counting was taken up soon after and by evening results were declared. In all 1928 votes were cast for the election which made up for 68 percent of the eligible voter list.
The SFI panel also made a clean sweep at the Government College Kotshera College, Sanjauli Government College of Excellence and Government college Theog.
At RKMV Government Girls College, the president and general secretary position was won by ABVP candidates and the vice-president and joint secretary position by ABVP.
At a Sanskrit college at Phagali, SFI and ABVP won two positions each.
At Government College Rampur, the president and vice-president positions were secured by NSUI candidates, the general secretary position by SFI and the joint secretary position by ABVP.
In three colleges of Rohru, two of which are at Sawara and Seema and the third is a Sanskrit college, the NSUI panel is said to have won the election unopposed.
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