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BJP factional feud refuses to die down

Tension continues to run at Gurukul Mahavidyalaya

Tension over the chair of the dean of Gurukul Mahavidyalaya refusing to die down with the two factions of the Bharatiya Janata Party clinging to their respective antagonistic postures, one company of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) has remained deployed in the campus. Tension ran in the campus of the 114-year-old institute for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. Notably, the intra-BJP factional feuds had started on Monday when the MLA from Rural Haridwar constituency Swami Yateeshwaranand had foisted his close confidante Balwant Singh Chauhan on the chair of the dean of Gurukul Mahavidyalaya. He had taken Chauhan to the institute’s premises, opened the lock of the office and seated him on the dean’s chair to the chagrin of those close to the state Cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik. Subsequently, the supporters of the other group had gathered at the campus and torched the MLA’s effigy while abusing him for his arbitrary action. On Wednesday too, people of both the camps were present at the campus, ready to cross swords on the issue, now snowballing into a major embarrassment for the ruling BJP. Tension was palpable on the day as both the camps lodged complaints at the police station, awaiting action. They continued to sloganeer against each other on the day and heated words were also exchanged between them. While the camp loyal to the Minister had registered a complaint against Swami Yateeshwaranand at Kankhal police station the MLA on his part had filed his complaint at the same police station against those who were allegedly putting hurdles in the functioning of the office of the dean. The issue which had started in July this year is far from dying down, say the observers, adding that the top BJP brass should intervene immediately to resolve the logjam. On Monday, things had come to a head after  Yateeshwaranand had anointed his protege Balwant Singh Chauhan on the post of dean. He had been accompanied with his band of followers when he came to the college. The move had drawn strong criticism from the other camp.  Among those who had opposed the move of the MLA were the pradhan of Gurukul Sabha Yogendra Chauhan, Yashpal Saini, and Anil Goyal. Yashpal Saini who claimed himself to be a senior office bearer of the college alleged that the legislator had burst into the college around midnight on Monday along with his supporters and had barged into the office by breaking the lock. “He even warned the security guards deployed there of serious consequences if they dared resist,” he alleged. Meanwhile, lodging the complaint at the police station, Yateeshwaranand had alleged that some people had been preventing the dean of the college Balwant Singh from functioning properly. Both the factions remaining at daggers drawn, the security forces remained alert to stop things from a flare-up, said a senior police officer. Quizzed over what they were doing regarding the complaints lodged by the two camps, the Kankhal police station in-charge Hariom Raj Chauhan declined to divulge details. He just said, “Investigation is going on.” Read more posts… Thursday, 20 December 2018 | PNS | Haridwar

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