Candidates and student leaders of Rajasthan University made a last-ditch attempt to lure voters on Saturday before the voting officially began at 8am. Right from touching the feet of the faculty members and officials of the university to greeting voters with folded hands and pleasant smiles, each leader was on his best behaviour.
Fortunately, the otherwise active rain gods also did not threaten to make an appearance, allowing students to conduct the elections without any hassle. With the police keeping a tight vigil, voting at the main campus was mostly carried out peacefully although there were reports of clashes between candidates and the administration at Maharani’s college.
The campus of Maharani’s college was a riot of colours, particularly with a large group of girls supporting NSUI candidate Shefali Meena dressed in traditional Rajasthani attire attracting a lot of attention. Supporters of other candidates of Maharani’s college also stood out in colourful T-shirts and shouted slogans in favour of their candidates.
Many girls were also seen dancing on Tonk Road and had to be pushed back by the police. “These elections are no less than parliamentary elections for us; we have come out in support of our daughter,” commented Bhoori Devi who had showed up in colourful traditional attire.
Maharaja’s college, located exactly opposite Maharani’s college, seemed to have just the opposite mood as well. Not only was there no enthusiasm evident among the voters, but the atmosphere also seemed quite somber in comparison.
“There isn’t much enthusiasm or excitement; the voting has been mostly peaceful. A large number of students did not turn up to vote, which is also why the scene is quite dull,” informed a faculty member of Maharaja college.
Meanwhile, at Commerce college and Rajasthan college, the voting took off to a slow start in the morning, but gained momentum as the day progressed.
Students were seen sporting colourful T-shirts with names of candidates printed on them. Some students also tried to infuse enthusiasm by playing dhols and persuading others to vote.