The Left Unity has won all the four posts of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) on Tuesday.
Aishe Ghosh of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) was elected to the post of president defeating RSS affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s (ABVP) Manish Jangid by 1185 votes.
Aishe bagged 2,313 votes, while Manish managed to get 1128 votes for the post of President.
The vice-president’s post was won by Democratic Students’ Federation’s (DSF) Saket Moon by 2030 votes, highest among all.
Saket got 3,365 votes, while his opponent Shruti Agnihotri of the ABVP received 1335 votes.
General Secretary Candidate from the AISA, Satish Chandra Yadav got a total of 2,518 votes to clinch the seat while Joint Secretary Post winner Mohammad Danish received 3,295 votes.
Candidates from the ABVP for the two posts, Sabareesh P A secured 1355 votes and Sumanta Sahu got 1508 votes respectively.
According to reports, the elections witnessed a seven-year higher voter turnout of 67.9%.
As many as 5728 students voted on September 6 and results were to be announced on September 8 but were stayed due to a Delhi High Court order.
“Our win is the victory of common students of the university. The mandate shows that the JNU students have rejected the saffron forces and voted out the ABVP once again,” president-designate Aishe Ghosh said.
We knew what the result was going to be, but the HC order reasserts our politics, and the faith students have in the Left. Our fight is the struggle for the students’ demand,” Aishe added.
The Ambedkarite students group, Birsa Ambedkar Phule Student’s Association (BAPSA) secured the third position for two posts they were contesting.
BAPSA has emerged as the third-largest party in last three years but was in alliance with Fraternity Movement this year.
While the Congress’ National Student’s Union of India (NSUI), which was contesting only on the president’s post, secured 771 votes.
This year, 14 candidates were in the fray for the posts of president, vice president, general secretary, and joint secretary.
As per the data accessed, the vote share of the United Left has gone up by around 5% from 45% in 2018 to 50.1% this year.
The United Left is an alliance of four left parties: All India Students’ Federation (AISF), All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Students Federation (DSF).
ABVP has also improved slightly from 21.1% in 2018 to 23.24 this year, an increase of around 2%.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi High Court allowed the JNU Election Committee (EC) to declare the JNUSU poll results and also permitted the JNU to notify the poll results in accordance with Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.
The court, disposing off the writ petition of two students who had alleged wrongful rejection of their nomination, also asked them to approach the Grievance Redressal Cell (GRC).
One of the two students alleged that the EC had reduced the number of seats of the councillor from 55 to 46, a claim refuted by the counsel appearing for the EC.