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JNUSU poll: Left group makes clean sweep

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Sep 17, 2018, 12:25 am IST
Updated : Sep 17, 2018, 12:25 am IST

United Left candidates win all four central panel posts, defeat rivals by huge margins.

Members of Left Unity celebrate after their success in JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) elections in New Delhi  on Sunday. (Photo: Biplab Banerjee)
 Members of Left Unity celebrate after their success in JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) elections in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: Biplab Banerjee)

New Delhi: The Left alliance swept all central panel posts of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) election, defeating RSS-affiliated ABVP. Left presidential candidate N. Sai Balaji won with 2,161 votes.

The United Left was formed by four Left student groups — All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF), and All India Students’ Federation (AISF). Their presidential candidate, N. Sai Balaji of the AISA, defeated Lalit Pandey of the ABVP by a margin of 1,179 votes.

 

For the post of vice president, Sarika Chaudhary of the DSF garnered 2,692 votes and trounced ABVP candidate Geetasri Boruah by a margin of 1,680 votes.

Aejaj Ahmed of the SFI polled 2,423 votes and won the post of general secretary, by defeating Ganesh Gurjar of the ABVP by 1,300 votes.    

Amutha of the AISF defeated ABVP’s Venkat Choubey by 800 votes to win the post of joint secretary. Amutha bagged 2,047 votes. Balaji is a student of School of International Studies. Sarika Chaudhary, Aejaj Ahmed, and Amutha belong to the School of Social Sciences.

There was high drama on Saturday as counting was suspended for close to 14 hours after the ABVP staged protests claiming it was not informed about the start of the counting process.

 

The counting, which was suspended at 4 am, resumed at 6.30 pm after two teachers from the Grievance Redressal Cell were appointed as observers for the exercise, officials said.

There have also been allegations of a “biased” election committee and violence during the election process.

While the ABVP accused the members of Left outfits of assaulting its members and perpetrating violence and endangering the culture of democracy, the Left group levelled similar allegations against them and also accused them of occupying the counting centre.

CRPF jawans were deployed in the campus area after counting was halted in the morning.    

 

Besides the Left bloc and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), there were candidates of the Congress-affiliated NSUI (National Students’ Union of India) and the BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association), a student group advocating Dalit causes.

The voter turnout in the keenly contested JNUSU election on Friday was 67.8 per cent, believed to be the highest in six years.

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