Published: 05th September 2019
JNU's right-wing ka devta, Raghavendra Mishra, allowed to contest JNUSU polls after Delhi HC nod
His nomination as an independent candidate was cancelled last Friday after it was found that a proctorial inquiry was carried out against him, leaving five nominees in the fray
The 'Yogi of JNU', Raghavendra Mishra made a last-minute re-entry in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union poll fray after the Delhi High court allowed his candidature on Wednesday. His nomination was cancelled by the Election Committee after it was revealed he was allegedly involved in a brawl and was fined Rs 10,000 for it.
He brandished the court order and said, "I was being tortured by some special people. Sushma Swaraj ji and Arun Jaitley ji must be hearing me speak today." He called himself 'right-wing ka devta' (god of the right-wing) and said JNU needs someone like him while speaking at the JNUSU debate at the Ganga Dhaba.
His nomination as an independent candidate was cancelled last Friday after it was found that a proctorial inquiry was carried out against him, leaving five nominees in the fray. Raghavendra alleged a conspiracy of "certain people", who did not want him to contest the election. The Proctorial Enquiry Committee of the university had slapped a Rs 10,000 fine on Mishra on August 7 for allegedly being involved in a brawl with a student, sources said.
The Grievance Redressal Cell of the university directed the Election Committee on Thursday to cancel Mishra's candidature. "This is to certify that the candidature of Raghavendra Mishra for the post of president, JNUSU 2019-20 has been cancelled by the Election Committee as per a direction received from the Grievance Redressal Cell," Shashank Patel, the chairman of the Election Committee, said on Friday.
Mishra, however, alleged that it was a conspiracy against him. "Many of the candidates, who are in the fray, have faced proctorial inquiries. I am a 50 per cent visually-impaired candidate and I want to ask, why am I being targeted? I had filed my nomination on August 27 and my name was there in the final list of candidates on August 28. Why was my nomination not cancelled then?" he asked.
Mishra claimed that he was not be blamed for the incident for which he was fined. "I was hit by a student and I had submitted a complaint to the university's Equal Opportunity Cell, which did not conduct an inquiry. However, the other student's complaint was looked into by the administration and I was fined," he said.