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Left-Unity alliance sweeps JNU student union polls, ABVP decimated

The Left-Unity alliance today swept all four seats in the JNU students union election, defeating the RSS' student wing ABVP with considerable margins.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 11, 2016 6:41 IST ]
Celebration in JNU after Students Union election results
Image Source : ANI Celebration in JNU after Students Union election results

The day when the RSS' student wing ABVP was celebrating its emphatic win in Delhi University Students Union polls, the organisation faced a humiliating defeat in JNU with the "Left-Unity" alliance sweeping all four seats in the Students Union election.

The margin of wins on all four seats was considerable.  The alliance also emerged victorious on 30 out of 31 seats for councillors. ABVP won only one councillor seat from Department of Sanskrit. 

"Mohit Pandey of Left-Unity alliance has been elected as the JNUSU president, defeating Rahul Sonpimple of BAPSA by a margin of 409 votes. 

"Amal Pipli, Satapurta Chakraborty and Tabez Hussain have emerged victorious on the posts of Vice President, General Secretary and Joint Secretary, respectively," said Ishita Mana, the Chief Election Commissioner for JNUSU polls. 

The Left-affiliated groups have been locked in a battle with ABVP over dominance of their respective ideology on the campus in aftermath of the February 9 incident during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, leading to arrest of three students, including the outgoing JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, in a sedition case. 

After the results, the Left panel carried out a mock funeral procession of the ABVP, which had portrayed the elections as a referendum on the February 9 event.

“The student community has given a decisive mandate against the ‘Shut down JNU’ camp and in favour of ‘Stand with JNU’, giving us a clean sweep,” saidPandey, the newly-elected president of the JNUSU. 

For the first time, the CPI(ML)'s student wing All India Students' Association (AISA), which has enjoyed a strong hold on the campus for years, formed an alliance with the Student Federation of India (SFI) of the CPI(M). 

Giving a tough fight to the Left-Unity was Birsa Ambdekar Phule Students Association (BAPSA) which was on the second position for the Presidential post while ABVP was the second runner for the post of Vice President and General Secretary. 

Students Front for Swaraj (SFS), the student wing of AAP's breakaway group Swaraj Abhiyan, made its debut this year by fielding its candidates for the four crucial central panel posts in the varsity but failed to open its account. 

Other organisations which had fielded their candidates in the JNU polls include Congress' National Students Union of India and Democratic Students Federation (DSF), a breakaway group of SFI. NSUI polled lesser than the total NOTA votes on all posts except the president’s.

DSF's Joint Secretary candidate Pratim Ghoshal gave a tough fight to Left-Unity's Tabrez Hasan but lost the election a margin of 362 votes. While Tabrez got 1,670 votes, a total of 1,308 voters chose Pratim. 

A total of 1,140 students exercised the None of The Above (NOTA) option. 

Satapurta Chakrabaorty, the only girl in the newly elected panel, polled 2,424 votes, defeating Vijay Kumar by a margin of 1,094 votes for the post of General Secretary. 

Amal PP won the Vice Presidential post with the highest margin of 1,304 votes, defeating Ravi Ranjan Choudhary. 

Celebrations broke out on JNU campus as soon as the results were announced where students danced to the beats of traditional daflis with gulal smeared over their faces amid chants of "azaadi". 

Kanhaiya, who had an eventful tenure as the JNUSU president, congratulated his successor. 

"The nation wants to know.." What happened to #ABVP in #JNUSUPolls? #ShutDownJNU became #ShutDownABVP(sic)," he tweeted. 

Meanwhile, ABVP continued its dominance in the DUSU polls, bagging three seats while made a comeback, winning the post of Joint Secretary in the results announced on Saturday. 

ABVP's Amit Tanwar was elected the new president of Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU), defeating NSUI candidate Nikhil Yadav by a margin of 4,680 votes. 

Priyanka and Ankit Singh of ABVP have been elected as vice president and secretary respectively. 

NSUI candidate Mohit Garid won the contest for the Joint Secretary's post, preventing an ABVP hat-trick. The RSS' student body had bagged all the four seats in the DUSU polls last year as well as in 2014. 

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