Published: 16th September 2018
Left sweeps polls again, N Sai Balaji becomes JNUSU President
All the four major posts went to the Left Unity in this year's elections which was marred with controversy with rumours of the EVMs malfunctioning
The United Left Alliance swept the JNU elections by staggeringly wide margins continuing their legacy keeping the campus "red". The new President of the JNU Student Union is N Sai Balaji (AISA) who got a total of 2151 votes beating ABVP's Lalit Pandey by a whopping 1179 votes. All the four major posts were won by the Left Unity with clear majorities.
The campus saw one of their highest voting turnouts in history with 5185 voters turning up to the voting booths which is about 68 percent of the total JNU populace.
A lot of drama unfolded in the hours leading up to the result declaration, the United Left Alliance accused the ABVP of causing the violence on campus. The members of the United Left Alliance said that ABVP members vandalised the counting booths, even breaking furniture around the area. Several students said they had also been beaten by "ABVP goons".
Student leader, Santarupa Chakrabothy said in a Facebook post that while the students were returning from the police station after filing an FIR against the party, ABVP members still followed them and physically assaulted them again. Confusions of the counting continued with many misleading the results too by claiming the ABVP had won forcing the counting to be suspended for a couple of hours.
However, the counting resumed and at around 1:45 pm on Sunday, the results were finally announced. The United Left Alliance had, however, started celebrating even before the results were out as they were already leading by huge numbers and winning became obvious.
The Left student bodies part of the unity are All India Students' Association (AISA), Students' Federation of India (SFI), All India Students' Federation (AISF) and the Democratic Students' Federation (DSF).
The President, N Sai Balaji is a first year PhD student pursuing his degree in International Studies, Sarika Choudary from the Democratic Student Federation won with 2592 votes for the post of Vice President, followed by ABVP's Geeta Barua who got 1012 votes. Aijaz Ahmad Rather from SFI is now the general secretary after winning with 2423 votes, again the ABVP came second with 1223 votes.
The last post in the Student Union, the Joint Secretary post was won by Amutha Jayadeep from AISF with 2047 votes. ABVP's Venkat Choubey followed with 1290 votes. All the three students come from the Centre for Social Studies.
The Left also managed to win almost all the school councillor post and BAPSA finally make an entry into the policy-making on campus by winning a school post this time.