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  • JNU elections: ABVP gives tough competition to Left Unity

    first_imgJawaharlal Nehru University Students Union polls were conducted today, on September 06, 2019 where the fate of 14 candidates who were contesting the election was on stake. A large number of students participated in the campus election so much so that the ground was full of voters. The voting timing in the campus was from morning 9 am to 5 pm.While polling was underway, supporters of various political unions were seen raising slogans and convincing students with dhols and daphlis outside voting centres.The counting will commence from 9 pm onwards and the results are likely to be declared on Sunday.Candidates contesting the electionsSome of the top student leaders who are in fray for the top post in JNUSU this year are: Aishe Ghosh (Left Unity), Manish Jangid (ABVP), Priyanka Bharti (CRJD), Jitendra Suna (BAPSA-Fraternity), Raghvendra Mishra (Independent) and Prashant Kumar (NSUI-MSF).Student groups contesting elections The Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students Federation (DSF) and All India Students Federation (AISF) are contesting together under the umbrella of Left Unity.With a strong nationalist wave, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is hoping to give a tough fight to the left unity this year.The other student organisations in the presidential race are the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) and the students’ wing of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Independent candidate Raghavendra Mishra who is seen clad in saffron robes is also contesting for the post of president. Two visually impaired candidates are also contesting elections this year.advertisementFace-off among different ideologies “We are confident of retaining all four seats. People outside may say anything but those in JNU are wise enough to see through what is being fed to the country in name of development, ” said Aishe Ghosh, who is contesting for the presidential post.ABVP’s presidential candidate Manish Jangid took a dig at the Left unity students’ union and said they could not even get themselves notified.”While the entire country rejoiced the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, the leftists were immersed in sadness. When one of our candidates was elected in 2015, we ensured that placement cell was made and got a fund of Rs 91 crore from the DONER Ministry. This time, we want to raise the demand for having sports quota in admission, access to libraries and new hostels for students,” he said.The student union at JNU will have 43 councillors as compared to 31 last year after a change in its constitution. Each select different councillors. The results are expected to be declared by September 8.While the campaigning and debates in the run-up to elections in JNU have been focused around national and international issues such as article 370, Kashmir and even Amazon fire, when it comes to the poll day it finally boils down to an extremely polarized campus divided between left and right sides of national politics.Also read: JNU admission session 2019-20 started from FridayAlso read: From speeches, clashes, lal salaam to Vande Mataram, JNU student union debate sees it alllast_img read more