AISA sweeps JNU student union polls
The left-leaning All India Students Association (AISA), on Sunday, swept the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) election for a second consecutive year.
(from left) The newly elected Ashutosh Kumar (president), Anant Prakash Narayan (vice president), Chintu Kumari (gen secretary) and Shafqat Hussain Butt (joint secretary) after the annoucement of the union election results at JNU Campus in New Delhi on Sunday.
New Delhi: The left-leaning All India Students Association (AISA), on Sunday, swept the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) election for a second consecutive year.
The AISA, affiliated to the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist, won the posts of the president, vice president, general secretary as well as joint secretary.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), came second on the posts of vice president and general secretary.
AISA's Ashutosh Kumar, a student of Russian Studies, was elected president with 1,386 votes. He defeated Rahila Perween of the Left Progressive Front (LPF) who secured 1,009 votes.
Sourabh Kumar of the ABVP came third in the presidential race.
Anant Prakash Narayan, a student from the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, won the post of vice president with 1,366 votes, defeating Md Jahidul Dewan of ABVP (756). The third position went to Heena Goswami of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress.
Chintu Kumari became the general secretary with 1,605 votes. ABVP's Ashish Kumar Dhanotiya got 791 votes and the SFI's Najeeb VR finished third.
For the post of joint secretary, Shafqat Hussain Butt got 1,209 votes followed by LPF's Mulayam Singh (969) while ABVP's Gopal Lal Meena came third.
Besides the central panel, ABVP has also done well in the Councillors' election where it won 12 of the total 31 seats, up from the six seats last year.
For AISA, the numbers have gone down from 14 last year to seven this year.
ABVP has given credit for its good show to the ground level work and the issues it raised on the campus.
Last year too, AISA won all four top posts, winning three by huge margins and one narrowly. It won three posts in 2012.
For AISA, their win is due to the work they did when they were in power.
Following the win, jubilant AISA supporters took out a march on the campus. AISA also did well in the just ended Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections although it failed to win any of the top posts. ABVP swept the DUSU elections.