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PATNA: They were supposed to work unitedly so as to clinch good number of seats in the upcoming LS polls; rather the BJP and its new ally, the JD-U headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar, are locked in an unseemly fight over petty student union elections.
The BJP has taken a very serious note of Prashant Kishor “holding meeting” with Patna University vice-chancellor just ahead of the Patna University Students Union (PUSU) elections scheduled for tomorrow.
Today, a group of BJP lawmakers even staged a sit-in in Patna and demanded the arrest of Kishor, a close aide of the chief minister, for meeting the V-C in complete violation of the model code of conduct now in force.
पटना यूनिवर्सिटी में हो रहे छात्र संघ के चुनाव को प्रभावित करने और आचारसंहिता के उल्लंघन में सम्मिलित प्रशांत किशोर की गिरफ्तारी और ग़लत तरीक़े से गिरफ़्तार किए गए छात्र रविकरण की रिहाई की मांग को लेकर पीरबहोर थाना में धरना प्रदर्शन में शामिल हुआ ।। pic.twitter.com/tOeCbONLGZ
— Nitin Nabin (@NitinNabin) December 4, 2018
“We demand immediate arrest of Prashant Kishor for meeting the V-C and violating model code of conduct,” a BJP lawmaker Nitin Navin told the media at the sit-in site.
A day ago, a group of BJP leaders had met Bihar governor Lalji Tandon and registered protest over the way the JD-U leader held meeting with the V-C just ahead of the student union polls.
Kishor denied all the allegations leveled against him and instead asked the ABVP leaders to perform better in the elections.
The news about my injury is false. I'm fine, thanks for the concern. @ABVPVoice u need to do better than let few hooligans & antisocial elements become your face in Bihar. पटना यूनिवर्सिटी के छात्रसंघ चुनाव में संभावित हार की घबराहट मेरी गाड़ी पर पत्थर मारने से कम नहीं होगी।
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) December 3, 2018
He alleged his vehicle was attacked with stones by few hooligans and anti-social elements.
BJP ally Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) condemned the move of the JD-U and demanded for dismissal of the V-C or postponing the elections for holding fair elections under the prevailing situation.
"शर्मनाक है कि नीतीश कुमार जी जबरन पुलिस-प्रशासन पर दबाव डाल, विश्वविद्यालय प्रशासन को बन्धक बनाकर पटना वि.वि. छात्रसंघ चुनाव जीतना चाहते हैं! महामहिम राज्यपाल जी, हस्तक्षेप कर वीसी को बर्खास्त करें या चुनाव पर रोक लगायें अन्यथा निष्पक्ष चुनाव सम्भव नही है। #PUSU_Electioin"
— Upendra Kushwaha (@UpendraRLSP) December 4, 2018
The opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) launched even bitterest attacks on the chief minister and accused the latter of misusing “CM residence and state machinery” to somehow win elections.
The unprecedented manner in which Nitish Kumar is unabashedly muddying his hands in University politics, overlooking ethics, misusing CM residence & state machinery to bully rival student wings shows his dictatorial mindset,insecurity & desperation! Why doesn’t he campaign in PU?
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) December 4, 2018
RJD vice-president Shivanad Tiwari wonders why the chief minister looks so desperate to win the student union polls.
“Perhaps, the chief minister wants to show its ally that he still has his hold over youths after badly losing LS and recent assembly by-polls. We had never imagined he could stoop to so low,” asks Tiwari.
Featured image caption: JD-U vice-president Prashant Kishor meeting PU V-C at latter residence in Patna on Monday evening.
Image courtesy: Social Media