AISA sweeps JNU Students' Union elections

AISA sweeps JNU Students' Union elections

The All India Students’ Association (AISA) bagged all posts in the central panel of the much-awaited Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls, results of which were declared on Monday. The total number of votes is 4,545.

The declaration of results  was followed by a march on the campus by the winning party. AISA’s Akbar Chawdhary was elected president defeating his nearest rival from Democratic Students Federation (DSF) candidate Ishan Anand.

Chawdhary got 1,977 votes and won with a margin of 1,317 votes from the DSF; Anubhuti Agnes Bara for vice-president with 1,966 votes with a margin of 1,052 votes over her rival from the DSF; Sandeep Saurav for general secretary with 1,657 votes with a margin of 953 votes over his nearest rival from National Students’ Union of India (NSUI); and Sarfaraz Hamid for joint secretary with 1,705 votes with a margin of 59 votes over his rival from the DSF.

Last year, the AISA had won three posts in the central panel and the DSF the president’s post. This year, in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls, the AISA secured over 8,000 votes for the post of president and around 6,000 on the other three central panel posts.

Eight candidates were in the fray for the post of president, five for vice-president, six for general secretary and three for joint secretary. The AISA is leading in securing councillor posts also of various schools.

This year’s JNUSU results were delayed which also led to few hours of disruption. “The overall counting process was slow. Then the counting was disrupted as some students alleged that the election committee is involved in rigging votes,” said a JNUSU member.

Commenting on the victory,Chawdhary said: “The emphatic victory in JNU and unprecedentedly strong showing of a Left organisation AISA in DUSU polls is a mandate by common students for progressive students’ movements against the manufactured myths of Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi.”

“This mandate is a powerful rebuff to the pro-corporate corruption of the Congress and corporate-communal fascism of the BJP. The AISA’s role in the movements against corruption, against rape and for women’s freedom, and against the FYUP and other anti-student measures, have been appreciated and welcomed by students, who want to see more such powerful struggles in the future,” he said.

Chawdhary added that JNUSU would start a student-youth initiatives against commnalism. “I am from Muzzarfanagar, the recent horrific communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and other places with an eye on the approaching Lok Sabha polls, must be vigilantly countered. We will spearhead a series of student-youth initiatives against communalism,” he added.

The union would take up a struggle against UPSC’s decision to scrap foreign languages (including Arabic and Persian that have been taught in India) as optional in the UPSC exam.

“We are planning to go to the Supreme Court to reduce the viva weightage for MPhil entrance test from 30 to around 15 as many students have complained that they are discriminated for not being fluent in English,” said Sarfaraz Hamid, joint secretary.