The Let has once again established its dominence over affairs in the prestagious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, with the united Left student bodies winning all four central panel posts in the students’ union elections. Once again, ABVP has failed to get a strong foot-hold in this university, though it has emerged as a major competitor and forcing otherwise divided Left student bodies to come together.
The Congress’ student’s wing, NSUI also failed to get any foot hold and finished way behind ABVP, in all positions. The Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) and All India Students’ Federation (AISF) have come together to form the ‘United Left’ alliance.
N Sai Balaji of the United Left won the president’s post defeating his ABVP rival Lalit Pandey by 1179 votes. Balaji polled 2161 votes against Pandey’s 982 out of 5185 votes. Sarika Chaudhary (DSF) won the vice president’s post with 2692 votes, beating ABVP’s Geetasri Boruah by 1680 votes who had secured 1012 votes. Another Left candidate – Aejaz Ahmad Rather (SFI) won general secretary’s post ABVP rival defeating Ganesh Gurjar of the ABVP.Amutha Jayadeep’s (ASIF) victory over ABVP’s Venkat Choubey completed the United Left’s sweep of the elections.
The united Left alliance had retained all four seats in the JNUSU elections last year also defeating the ABVP. Earlier, Left candidates also won all five councillor seats in School of Social Sciences and School of Languages. In the School of International Studies, Left won four and NSUI bagged one. ABVP lost in all these three schools
The counting had been suspended for over 14 hours, yesterday with the accusations agaisnt ABVP leaders of breaking into the counting centre and manhandling election committee members. The ABVP claimed the counting had started without its agent being present. Reports of scuffles and skirmishes continued throughout the day and till late into the night as the counting went on.
The election took place on Friday, a day after the ABVP won three out of the four seats in the Delhi University students’ union elections. The voter turnout in the keenly contested JNUSU election was 67.8 per cent, believed to be the highest in six years. Over 5,000 students cast their votes.