Left sweeps JNU student polls

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New Delhi: The Left Unity panel swept the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) elections late on Saturday night by winning all four central panel seats with comfortable margins.

Despite a close contest on the post of president, the Left was able to restrict ABVP to the second position. Last year too, in the aftermath of the February 9 incident in campus, the AISA-SFI combine had swept on all four seats, The Indian Express reported today.

Geeta Kumari and Simone Zoya Khan from the All India Students’; Association (AISA) were elected as the president and vice president, Duggirala Srikrishna from the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) was elected as the secretary and Shubanshu Singh from the Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) was elected as the joint secretary.

Kumari secured 1506 of the total 4620 votes polled, beating Nidhi Tripathi from the ABVP with a margin of 464 votes. At the post of joint secretary, Singh polled 1755 votes, 835 more than Pankaj Keshari from ABVP.

Like last year, the largest margins were on the post of President and Vice President. While Khan polled 1876 votes, Srikrishna got 2082 votes. They beat their closest competitors Durgesh Kumar of ABVP and Nikunj Makwana of ABVP respectively with a margin of 848 and 1107 votes respectively.

“People know what is the need of the hour, so they have voted accordingly. Once again they have trusted the Left to protect and fight for their rights,” said newly elected General Secretary Duggirala Srikrishna.

The ABVP which finished on second position on all posts, unlike last year when they were second only on two posts, said the results were “moral victory” for them.

“Three Left parties had to come together to defeat us. That in itself shows our strength. These elections are a moral victory for us. Common students are realising who works for them and who only makes empty promises,” said ABVP presidential candidate Nidhi Tripathi.

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