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JNUSU Polls: Counting Halted As ABVP Members Vandalize Venue & Threaten EC Members

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| September 15 , 2018 , 14:25 IST

The counting of votes for the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) polls was halted on Saturday after some members from the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) breached inside the School of International Studies (SIS), the building where the counting procedure was taking place.

Sources told News World India that the ABVP members entered the counting area and made an attempt to steal the ballot boxes. They also threatened the members of the election commission. Apart from vandalizing the building, they also threatened to burn the ballots and torch the building.

The voter turnout in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) election on Friday, 14 September, was 67.8 percent, believed to be the highest in six years. Over 5,000 students cast their votes.

According to our sources, a protest has erupted against the organization. Reportedly, the students are demanding for the blacklisting of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad

After the incidence of violence, a situation of unrest could be seen at the campus and the media was completely barred from entering the premises.

Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union polls this year will saw a battle between the Congress-backed National Student Union of India (NSUI), RSS-backed Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Dalit-centric Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA), Rashtriya Janata Dal’s student wing Chhatra Rashtriya Janata Dal (CRJD) and the left alliance which is a combination of four left-wing parties namely All India Students Association (AISA), Student Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Student Federation (DSF) and All India Student Federation (AISF).