As the counting of votes for the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls comes to an end on Sunday afternoon, a coalition of Left student organisations swept all four general seats it contested, with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) coming in the second position. The Left coalition has SFI, AISA, AISF and DSF as its partners.
There has been a significant rise in the number of votes ABVP polled. ABVP leaders said they consider it as a victory, as the Leftists had to form a coalition to fight ABVP. ABVP’s Presidential candidate Lalit Pandey said even in the defeat, ABVP sees a moral victory. “This is the win of our will. The Left had to form a coalition to defeat us. They had to come together to fight us.”
The United Left Alliance’s presidential candidate N Sai Balaji won the contest with 2,151 votes with a margin of 1,179 votes. The coalition’s Sarika Chaudhary won the JNUSU vice presidential polls with 2,592 votes, defeating ABVP’s Geeta Sri, who received 1,013 votes. Aejaz Ahmad Rather of the Left coalition won the General Secretary’s post with 2,426 votes, while ABVP’s Ganesh Gujar had to settle for 1,235 votes. Amutha Jayadeep, a Left alliance candidate, won Joint Secretary’s post with 2,047 votes, while ABVP’s Venkat Chaubey received only 1,290 votes.