In a See-Saw battle ABVP surges ahead in JNU elections, counting underway

In a surprising turn of events, candidates of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) are leading in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) election after the counting of 2645 ballots. The counting process is still underway, and final results are anticipated by this evening.

Amidst a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the elections witnessed a keenly contested battle between the United Left alliance, comprising the All India Students’ Association (AISA), Democratic Students Federation (DSF), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), and All India Students’ Federation (AISF), and the RSS-affiliated ABVP.

| Updated: 24 March, 2024 7:36 pm IST
ABVP Leads in three out of four seats in JNU Elections 2024

NEW DELHI: In a surprising turn of events, candidates of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) are leading in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) election after the counting of 2645 ballots. The counting process is still underway, and final results are anticipated by this evening.

Amidst a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the elections witnessed a keenly contested battle between the United Left alliance, comprising the All India Students’ Association (AISA), Democratic Students Federation (DSF), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), and All India Students’ Federation (AISF), and the RSS-affiliated ABVP.

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As per the latest update, ABVP’s presidential candidate Umesh Chandra secured 1012 votes, closely followed by the Left nominee, Dhananjay, with 1009 votes. In the third position is Biswajit Minji of the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) with 170 votes.

Here’s a breakdown of the votes for each position:

President:
– Umesh Chandra Ajmeera (ABVP): 1012 votes
– Biswajit Minji (BAPSA): 170 votes
– Dhananjay (Left): 1009 votes
– Junaid Raza (NSUI): 109 votesVice President:
– Deepika Sharma (ABVP): 847 votes
-Ankur Rai (INDP): 512 votes
– Avijit Ghosh (Left): 894 votesGeneral Secretary:
– Arjun Anand (ABVP): 1125 votes
– Priyanshi Arya (BAPSA): 1099 votes
– Fareen Zaidi (NSUI): 219 votesJoint Secretary:
– Govind Dangi (ABVP): 1198 votes
– Mo Sajid (Left): 966 votes
– Rupak Kumar Singh (BAPSA): 229 votes

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ABVP candidates are leading in the General Secretary and Joint Secretary positions, with Arjun Anand securing the highest number of votes for General Secretary (1125 votes) and Govind Dangi leading for Joint Secretary (1198 votes). However, in the Vice President position, Avijit Ghosh of the Left takes the lead with 894 votes, followed by Deepika Sharma of ABVP with 847 votes.Since its establishment in 1969, left-wing student organisations, particularly the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), affiliated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist), have wielded significant influence in JNU’s student politics.

The SFI has clinched the presidential post 22 times, while the All India Students’ Association (AISA) has secured it 11 times. The presidential debate for the JNUSU elections was held on March 20, followed by polling on March 22.

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