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TMC wins college polls

Calcutta, Jan. 18: The Trinamul Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) today won in 27 of the 28 Calcutta University-affiliated colleges that went to polls.

The TMCP won uncontested in 20 colleges. Elections were held in the remaining eight, of which the TMCP lost in only Jogomaya Devi College.

The DSO, the students’ wing of the SUCI, won 47 of the 55 seats at Jogomaya Devi College, which shares its campus with Asutosh College.

In elections in Calcutta University’s six campuses, the TMCP won 70 of the 103 seats that went to polls. No candidates had been put up in 50 seats and the remaining 597 seats were won uncontested, including 450 by the TMCP and 129 by the SFI.

The TMCP won the elections for the first time in the Rajabazar Science College campus, which used to be an SFI stronghold. The Trinamul union won seven of the nine seats.

The SFI did well in the Ballygunj campus, winning 13 of the 15 seats.

“Our most significant achievement in the postgraduate campus elections is our performance in Rajabazar Science College, which used to be an SFI bastion. In the college elections too, we have maintained our dominance. The results demonstrate Mamata Banerjee’s popularity among students,” said Tamaghna Banerjee, the TMCP general secretary.

The SFI accused the TMCP of using terror tactics to win the elections. “Winning over 400 seats uncontested is a pointer to the kind of terror tactics the TMCP employed to ensure that polls were not held. In seats where elections were held, they threatened students,” a senior SFI leader said.

Suranjan Das, the CU vice-chancellor, said the elections were held amid tight security.

“Plenty of armed policemen were deployed inside and outside the campuses to maintain law and order. We had ensured CCTV surveillance in all six campuses to record poll proceedings,” he said, adding that no complaint of foul play had been received.