JNU painted red again as Left bags all four posts
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