JNU painted red again as Left bags all four posts

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: The Left coali­tion swept the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Uni­ver­sity Stu­dents’ Union polls again this year, ward­ing off the saffron chal­lenge in an in­tensely fought elec­tion that saw the high­est voter turnout.

Left Unity, an al­liance of four groups (AISA, SFI, DSF AND AISF), won all four cen­tral panel and 15 coun­cil­lor posts, the re­sults of which were an­nounced on Sun­day, with N Sai Balaji of AISA de­feat­ing Lalit Pandey (ABVP) by a huge mar­gin of 1,179 votes for the post of pres­i­dent.

Left Unity routed its ri­vals in the other three top posts as well, with Sarika Chowdhury (SFI) win­ning the vice-pres­i­dent’s post with a 52% vote share. Ae­jaz Ahmed Rather (DSF) and Amutha Jayadeep (AISF) are the new gen­eral sec­re­tary and joint sec­re­tary, re­spec­tively. The vic­tory for the Left came amid a mas­sive voter turnout of 67.8%, 9 per­cent­age points higher than last year. The elec­tions were marred with tus­sles, al­le­ga­tions of rig­ging, a 15-hour block­ade and a night full of ru­mours of vi­o­lence.

Balaji called the re­sults a vic­tory for unity of stu­dents against the “fas­cist JNU ad­min­is­tra­tion”.Re­act­ing to the re­sults, the saffron group said they has achieved a “moral vic­tory” in the polls.

The vic­tory was par­tic­u­larly sweet for the Left as a ma­jor­ity of left-lean­ing out­fits came to­gether with a sin­gle point agenda of de­feat­ing the ABVP, which is aligned ide­o­log­i­cally with the BJP.

The vic­tory was par­tic­u­larly sweet for the Left as a ma­jor­ity of left-lean­ing out­fits came to­gether with a sin­gle point agenda of de­feat­ing the ABVP

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