In JNU polls, Left remains ‘right’ choice

In JNU polls, Left remains ‘right’ choice


(Top) New JNU president N Sai Balaji (extreme right), along with other members of Left Unity, celebrates victory in JNUSU polls. (Photo: K Asif)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The varisity continues to glow in Red
  • N Sai Balaji of the United Left alliance won by a margin of 1,179 votes
  • Over 5,000 students of JNU participated in the elections this year

It was a Left vs Right fight all the way in this year’s high decibel Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) elections.

After an emphatic victory by the ABVP in Delhi University only a few days ago, the red bastion of JNU looked all set for a saffron surge before it was stopped by a united alliance formed by the Left students’ organisations comprising the SFI (Students Federation of India), the DSF (Democratic Students Federation), the AISF (All India Students Federation) and the AISA (All India Students Association).

This combined strength of Left Wing students’ groups made sure that despite a surge in votes for the ABVP in the science and language centres of JNU, the Left alliance scored a comprehensive victory on all four seats of the JNUSU central panel.

N Sai Balaji of the United Left alliance won the president’s post defeating ABVP’s Lalit Pandey by a margin of 1,179 votes.

Sarika Choudhary bagged with 2,692 votes was elected vice-president, Aejaj Ahmed polled 2,423 votes and won the post of general secretary while Amutha was elected the joint secretary with 2,047 votes.

Over 5,000 students of JNU participated in the elections this year.

According to N Sai Balaji of AISA, “The massive mandate sends a strong message to Modi regime that however continuous their attack may be, people’s aspiration for democracy, equality and justice shall defeat all machinations.”

The winners of the United Left Panel went on say , “For last four years the present government has unleashed continuous attack on JNU. From running the vicious Shut Down JNU campaign, to destroying GSCASH (Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment), shielding teachers accused of sexual harassment, trampling upon all decision making bodies to intimidating JNU students by framing cases against them- the present regime has done all it can to destroy JNU. But now we won’t let that happen.”

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