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Tele scanner on booths

One-to-one meeting with voters was all that left for student leaders at Magadh University seeking support barely 24 hours before Thursday’s election to their union.

Campaigning for the polls had concluded on Tuesday evening. Danapur sub-divisional officer and the deputy superintendent of police on Wednesday visited TPS College, Patna, campus where Section 144 has been clamped from Wednesday evening.

Contenders with strong political backgrounds are also in the fray. Deepu Yadav, the son of Belaganj RJD MLA, Surendra Prasad Yadav and Kumar Jitendra, the son of former RJD MLA from Konch Assembly constituency in Gaya, are some of the bigwigs of the varsity polls. Another candidate, Bhavani Singh, is a National Students’ Union of India activist. Candidates supported by different organisations are also contesting the polls. Members of All India Students’ Association, All India Democratic Students’ Organisation, All India Students’ Federation, National Students Union of India, the student wing of Congress, besides, the student wings of the JD(U), the RJD and the LJP are contesting the polls.

University dean, students’ welfare, Rajeshwar Singh said arrangements for the elections have been completed.

TPS College, Patna, principal Baban Singh said: “All booths would be under video surveillance.”

Gaya College principal Srikant Sharma said: “No student would be allowed entry to the college campus without identity cards, during the elections.”