The Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) elections were conducted on Friday and the counting started late in the night. The JNUSU student union is currently headed by All India Students’ Association (AISA) in alliance with Students’ Federation of India (SFI). As per IANS report quoted by NDTV a total of 4,639 votes were polled – 58.69 per cent of the total strength – in the election which took place at 14 booths across the JNU campus between 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m yesterday. The counting for the poll started on Friday and may go on for more than 24 hours, reported NDTV. First, the counting of votes polled in various schools-School of Social Sciences (SSS), SIS (School of International Studies) and School of Languages (SL) will take place as they are important as per NDTV report, and which will be followed by the central panel – president, vice president, general secretary and joint secretary.
Here are 10 points of the election:-
1) As per NDTV report, although the official declaration date is September 11, the final results are expected to be announced by Saturday evening or Sunday early morning. According to the latest update, the left alliance is leading in all the four central panel posts after 46 percent of votes count, reported NDTV.
2) The report added that the left alliance has secured 4 councilor seats each in prestigious SIS and SSS schools while BASO got one seat in SSS and one seat from SIS went to an independent candidate.
3) According to NDTV report, for the president’s post, there are seven candidates are in the fray comprising of Geeta Kumari from AISA-SFI-DSF alliance, Nidhi Tripathi from the ABVP, Aparajita Raja from AISF, Shabana Ali from BAPSA and M D Farooque Alam who is an independent candidate. All student unions have nominated women candidates for the post of President this years election.
4) As per NDTV report, in central panel votes, left alliance clean swept in the School of International Studies. Following them was ABVP in second place while BAPSA is placed second in all the other three posts.
5) According to NDTV report, the Left alliance (SFI-AISA-DSF), CPI’s AISF, the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Congress’ National Students Union of India (NSUI), and the Birsa-Ambedkar-Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) are the prominent groups in the fray.
6) Also, BAPSA is known to be a staunch opponent of the Left parties in the campus with the Bahujan- minorities-Dalit politics and was only second to them in the previous union election, leaving the ABVP behind.
7) Ahead of the JNUSU polls, during the traditional and presidential debate, independent candidate M D Farooque Alam stole the show at the night-long event as he kept the audience hooked with his witty speech and hit out at student political outfits for indulging in ideological wars, reported NDTV.
8) The ABVP student union was able to win in their traditional strongholds like School of Environment Sciences (2 seats from out of 3), School of life Sciences (all the 3 seats), School of Physical Science (1), School of Computational and Integrative Sciences (1), School of Biotechnology (1) and Special Centre of Sanskrit studies (1) in counselor posts. But, in a major shift in JNU’s campus politics, the science schools join the social justice debate, with BAPSA getting a good amount of votes, students are sending a clear message to ABVP and left organisations, reported NDTV.
9) As per NDTV report, during the presidential debate, the presidential candidates raised several issues which ranged from mob lynching, the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad several policies of NDA government, UGC notification on seat cuts, gender justice, Triple Talaq, the murder of Gauri Lankesh, hostel problem and placements in the campus.
10) Earlier, on September 6, before the presidential debate, the campus witnessed School General Body Meetings (GBM) and University General Body Meeting (UGBM) in last two weeks, reported NDTV