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Left reigns at JNUSU polls

The Left ruled the roost at the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) elections once again as all the four posts were won by candidates fielded by the Left parties.

delhi Updated: Sep 16, 2012 23:40 IST
HT Correspondent

The Left ruled the roost at the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) elections once again as all the four posts were won by candidates fielded by the Left parties.

Students picked V Lenin Kumar, the candidate from the SFI-JNU (formed by students expelled from SFI) and AISF alliance, as their president while the other three posts went to ultra-Left student outfit All India Students Association (AISA). Lenin is a PhD student at the School of International Studies.

AISA had won all four positions in the interim JNUSU elections held in March.

Lenin got 1,445 votes out of the 4,309 total votes polled, with a winning margin of 212 votes. His nearest competitor was AISA candidate Om Prasad. Minakshi Buragohain, Shakeel Anjum, and Piyush Raj from AISA won the other three positions of vice-president, general secretary and secretary.

JNU's students' union elections were stayed for four years between 2008 and 2012 as the candidates did not follow the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations for students' union elections. A compromise was reached in February this year and interim elections were held in March.

Sunday's win vindicated, in part, the SFI-JNU's opposition of the CPI-M's (SFI's parent party) support to Pranab Mukherjee's presidential candidature, over which its members were expelled. Lenin was among the expelled members.

"This win shows that students in JNU support principled politics. It is a vindication of our stand. We were realistic in our expectations and had not expected to sweep the polls since we are a relatively new outfit. But our work in the previous years has spoken for us," he said.

"My primary aim will be to ensure that JNU gets more hostels in the coming years. There are 1000 students who have to go without hostel facilities in this residential campus. We are ready to fight. I hope the other members of the union will cooperate with me," he added.

He also said that the results showed that students in JNU still kept the national politics in mind while voting. "Had this not been the case, ABVP or NSUI would have won as their only focus was on university issues. Students in this campus realize that student politics has an impact on the national political scenario," Lenin said.