The Left unity is leading in all four key posts in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls. Counting of votes resumed Saturday evening after it was suspended for nearly 14 hours. Members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) claimed that counting had started without informing them.
ABVP supporters allegedly ransacked the School of International Studies building, where the ballot boxes were stored.
As per the election committee, after counting 3,281 out of 5,185 votes, N Sai Balaji, presidential candidate of the Left is leading. ABVP candidate Lalit Pandey is in second position followed by Thallapalli Praveen from Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association or BAPSA.
There was high drama on Saturday following which two teachers from the Grievance Redressal Cell were appointed as observers for the exercise, officials said.
The voter turnout in the keenly contested JNUSU election on Friday was 67.8 per cent, believed to be the highest in six years. Over 5,000 students had cast their votes.
The Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) and All India Students’ Federation (AISF) have come together to form the United-Left alliance.
Besides the Left bloc, there are candidates of the ABVP, the NSUI (National Students’ Union of India) and BAPSA.
The JNUSU poll results come within days of the Delhi University student body elections, which were marred by allegations of cheating, after the chief electoral officer in the national capital clarified that the Election Commission never gave the EVMs, several of which malfunctioned on counting day.
The election panel’s statement that the EVMs used in the DUSU polls were not issued by them came after some NSUI and ABVP supporters clashed at a counting centre in north Delhi’s Model Town on Thursday. Counting was stopped for some time after several EVMs malfunctioned.
The RSS-backed ABVP won the three top posts – president, vice president and joint secretary – in the Delhi University Students’ Union election; while the Congress affiliated NSUI took the secretary’s post.