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2015 JNUSU Polls: AISF bags president's post, AISA retains two key posts
Sunday September 13, 2015 12:33 PM, Agencies

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) 2015 election has thrown mixed results with the three posts being won by key contenders All India Students Federation (AISF), All India Students Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The president's post was won by All India Students Federation (AISF)'s Kanhaiya Kumar, while vice-president and general secretary's posts were retained by All India Students Association (AISA). The seats were won by Shehla Rashid Shora and Rama Naga respectively.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has made a comeback at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday by winning the joint secretary's post, sources said.

The joint secretary's post was won by ABVP's Saurabh Sharma.

"The poll results were declared at 8 a.m. today (Sunday). Since paper ballots are used for polling and counting is done manually, the counting process takes longer at the JNU. The voting percentage at the university is also relatively high. The ABVP made a comeback at the JNU after almost 15 years," said JNU poll's chief election commissioner Praveen Thallapelli.

The AISF won the president's post by 67 votes over AISA, while AISA nominee won the vice-president's post against his ABVP rival by 234 votes. For the general secretary's post, AISA candidate defeated ABVP nominee by 213 votes while joint secretary's post was claimed by ABVP, defeating AISA by 28 votes.

The ABVP last won a post in the JNU elections in 2001 when Sandeep Mahapatra became the president by a vote's margin.

Shehla Rashid of AISA is the first Kashmiri woman in JNU history to contest the students' union polls and win in the central panel. She is also this year's highest polled candidate (1,387), according to JNU sources.

"This victory is a mandate for carrying on the struggles for which JNUSU is known. We will carry on the struggle for social justice, gender justice and against privatisation and saffronisation of education," said Shehla after winning the vice president's post.

"We are content with the overall Left mandate, but we have to take cognizance of the proliferation of the right-wing in the campus and work collectively towards establishing a Left-progressive consciousness on the campus," she added.

The students' union election at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday recorded 53.3 percent turnout, a marginal dip from last year. Last year, the voters' turnout was 54.58 percent.

A total of 22 candidates had contested for the Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union central panel that has posts of president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary.

Another 83 candidates are fighting it out for the posts of councillors at all the centres of the university.

AISA had bagged all the top four positions, including the president's post, for the second consecutive year in 2014.

Unlike the DUSU elections, paper ballots were used for JNUSU elections. The counting of votes which began on Friday night hence took more than 30 hours.

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