Left sweeps JNUSU polls but ABVP close behind

JNUSU Election 2017 What Sets It Apart From Other Student Union Elections

JNUSU Election What Sets It Apart From Other Student Union Elections

The United Left alliance on Sunday bagged all four positions in the JNU students' union, while the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students' Association (BAPSA) stood second and third respectively. United Left Alliance candidate Geetha Kumari beat Nidhi Tripathi of ABVP by 464 votes in the JNUSU elections.

A red-faced Vijayvargiya was later forced to delete the posts. Election panel officials said. Both had to spend few days in Tihar jail allegedly based on doctored videos of anti-national chanting on the campus.

Duggirala claimed that the JNU had become more democratic as a result of the Left's victory.

Celebrations in the camp of united-Left have already begun. BAPSA's Shabana Ali, who came third in the presidential contest said, "ABVP can not win in the campus because JNU students do not support their form of politics - which is anti-student politics".

Duggirala Srikrisha of Left front is elected as the General Secretary with 2082 votes.

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The poll panel has completed counting at two centres - School of Sciences and School of International Studies, an official said and counting for the School of Social Sciences and the School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies is now underway and the final results are expected to be announced around midnight.

United Left Alliance have secured 4 councilor seats each in prestigious SIS and SSS schools while BASO got one seat in SSS and one seat from SIS went to an independent candidate. Chepal Sherpa of the Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students Organisation (BASO) won the remaining councillor post.

However, rivals like the RSS-affiliated ABVP and BAPSA said they have made inroads into its vote share.

However, some feel that the "national vs anti-national" debate that erupted after the arrest of student leader Kanhaiya Kumar polarised the campus between Left and ABVP, and the NSUI failed to present an alternative narrative.

The number of votes cast in the JNUSU elections came down from 5138 last year to 4620 this year due to the seat cuts that have been imposed on the University.

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