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JNUSU Polls: Students Vote Today To Decide Future Of 8 Presidential Candidates

ANANYA BHATNAGAR | 0
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| September 14 , 2018 , 13:43 IST

The polling for the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union Elections began on Friday. Eight candidates are contesting for the post of president.

Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union polls this year will see 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).

Who are Contesting?

The left front has nominated N. Sai Balaji for the post of President and Sarika Chaudhary for the post of Vice President. NSUI has fielded Vikas Yadav for President and Lijy K Babu for Vice President and Lalit Pandey and Geetashi Boruah are contesting for the post of President and Vice President respectively backed by the BJP’s ABVP.

Timings

The first phase of polling began at 9.30 am and will continue till 1.30 pm. The voting will resume at 2.30 pm for the second phase and would continue till 5.30 pm.

Presidential Debate

Besides routine campaigning, the candidates in the JNUSU polls also participated in the presidential debate on Wednesday night and answered the questions that followed.

In his speech, United Left Panel candidate N Sai Balaji, a frontrunner for the top post, said, "Mobs are allowed to kill people and get away with it as they have the backing of the RSS and the central government, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The country has been turned into lynchistan."

"Demonetisation was a failure, there are no jobs as promised and there is a constant attack on higher education," Balaji said on Wednesday

Lalit Pandey, right-wing party ABVP’s presidential pick, alleged that there were "anti-national" elements present on the campus and promised to "fix" them if voted to the post.

BAPSA presidential Candidate Thallapelli Praveen said, "The Left parties say that the BAPSA should not be voted for otherwise the ABVP will come. The ABVP is alive and among us and that is the contribution of Left politics on campus. Just don't get caught in the banner of Left and Right politics and work for the oppressed."