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AISA leads in JNU student union polls

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 16, 2013
First Published: 01:34 IST(16/9/2013) | Last Updated: 03:09 IST(16/9/2013)

After days of hectic campaigning, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) saw a calmer day on Sunday as counting of votes for the student union elections that took place on Friday went on till late in the night.

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According to the last count, three candidates from All India Students’ Association (AISA) were leading the race for the posts of president, vice-president and general secretary.

The candidate from the Democratic Students’ Front (DSF) was leading the count for the post of joint secretary.

The final results were expected to be released on early Monday morning.

“We are expecting to win all four seats as the margin for the fourth seat is less than 300. The entire university has seen how the last union, which had a DSF candidate at the helm, functioned. The DSF is opportunistic and ideologically blank and the student body has realized this and have voted for AISA,” said Sandeep Singh, president, AISA.

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AISA dominated the councillor elections with a majority of seats going to them. At the School of Social Sciences, four out of five seats went to AISA.

At the School of Languages, all five seats were won by AISA. The party won a total of 14 out of 26 councillor seats.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and National Students Union of India won only a handful of councillor seats in the science schools.

The mood in JNU was slightly on the edge in the morning as members from all parties gathered outside the centres, hoping to know the results. A dispute about counting, which happened on Saturday night, held up the counting process for five hours.

JNU still uses paper ballot for elections and hence it takes a longer time for the election commission to count the votes and declare the results.


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