JNU Students Union poll on September 14

Published on: Aug 29, 2018 12:22 IST
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The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) elections 2018 will be held on September 14. The annual election in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will be conducted just two days after the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections which is scheduled for September 12, 2018. Considered to be a traditional Left Bastion, all four top posts in JNUSU have been held by a Left-alliance involving the All India Students Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI), and Democratic Students Front (DSF).

Last year, United Left candidate Geeta Kumari had won the president's post by defeating RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) candidate Nidhi Tripathi by 464 votes. AISA's Simone Zoya Khan had defeated ABVP's Durgesh Kumar by a margin of nearly 650 votes to win the post vice president. Duggirala Srikrishna defeated ABVP's Nikunj Makwana by over 1000 votes to clinch the general secretary's post. Similarly, the post of joint secretary went to Shubhanshu Kumar who it by a margin of 835 votes.

Despite losing all the seats in JNUSU polls, the ABVP had said that it was a huge moral victory for the RSS student wing as they managed to come second in all the four central panel posts -- president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary. The ABVP claimed that it emerged as the single largest student organisation in JNU as it won 10 councillor seats - the highest for a single organisation.

The last time ABVP managed to win one of these posts was in 2016 when Saurabh Sharma was elected the Joint Secretary. Let us tell you that the Supreme Court had stayed the elections in JNU in 2008 for not complying with the recommendations of Lyngdoh Committee. The ban was later lifted in 2011 and after a gap of more than four years, the election were conducted on March 1, 2012.

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