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GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - A section of students of Cotton University today held a sit-in demonstration blocking the road in front of the main gate of the institution demanding recount of the vote in the students� union election.

Polling and counting of votes for the students� union election took place on Saturday and the result was declared at midnight.

�We demand recounting of vote for the posts of vice president and cultural secretary. There was some conspiracy in the counting for these two posts,� said a student present at the protest site.

Boarders of three hostels of the university took part in the strike, due to which plying of vehicles in front of the university remained restricted.

Meanwhile, till evening, the university authorities did not take any initiative to sort out the issue, and the agitating students asserted that they will continue the protest till the authorities give assurance of holding a recount.

This correspondent tried to get reactions from top university officials, including the Vice Chancellor and Registrar, but none of them responded to phone calls.

The police administration, however, has been trying to find a solution of the problem.

�It is an internal matter of the university. So we cannot do anything. But as the students are sitting on the road, we are in continuous contact with the university authorities to find a solution,� said Ranjan Bhuyan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Guwahati Central).

�A recruitment examination of the Gauhati High Court was held in the university premises today. Fortunately, there was no law and order problem, and the examination was held in a peaceful manner,� Bhuyan added.

According to the results declared by the university, Brojen Phukan was elected president, Violina Deka as vice president, Pranjal Kalita as general secretary, Madhusmita Das as assistant general secretary and Githartha Das as literary secretary.

Candidates backed by the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) bagged 10 posts, while those backed by the Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) won five posts. Out of 18 portfolios, two candidates won uncontested.

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Row over students� body poll results

GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - A section of students of Cotton University today held a sit-in demonstration blocking the road in front of the main gate of the institution demanding recount of the vote in the students� union election.

Polling and counting of votes for the students� union election took place on Saturday and the result was declared at midnight.

�We demand recounting of vote for the posts of vice president and cultural secretary. There was some conspiracy in the counting for these two posts,� said a student present at the protest site.

Boarders of three hostels of the university took part in the strike, due to which plying of vehicles in front of the university remained restricted.

Meanwhile, till evening, the university authorities did not take any initiative to sort out the issue, and the agitating students asserted that they will continue the protest till the authorities give assurance of holding a recount.

This correspondent tried to get reactions from top university officials, including the Vice Chancellor and Registrar, but none of them responded to phone calls.

The police administration, however, has been trying to find a solution of the problem.

�It is an internal matter of the university. So we cannot do anything. But as the students are sitting on the road, we are in continuous contact with the university authorities to find a solution,� said Ranjan Bhuyan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Guwahati Central).

�A recruitment examination of the Gauhati High Court was held in the university premises today. Fortunately, there was no law and order problem, and the examination was held in a peaceful manner,� Bhuyan added.

According to the results declared by the university, Brojen Phukan was elected president, Violina Deka as vice president, Pranjal Kalita as general secretary, Madhusmita Das as assistant general secretary and Githartha Das as literary secretary.

Candidates backed by the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) bagged 10 posts, while those backed by the Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) won five posts. Out of 18 portfolios, two candidates won uncontested.

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