AISA leading in JNU polls, final picture tomorrow

According to officials, AISA`s presidential candidate Sucheta De was leading the pack by almost 300 votes by Friday evening.

Last Updated: Mar 02, 2012, 21:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Red seems to be reigning again at JNU, with the ultra-Left All India Students Association leading in a majority of the 29 seats of councillors at the
varsity today with the final tally of results expected on Saturday.

Candidates of AISA gained an upper hand in as many as 17 seats of councillors of different schools, with 15 seats already in the group`s kitty and its candidates leading at the other two.
Other groups like BJP`s student wing ABVP and Congress` student arm NSUI leading or winning three and four council seats respectively.

The Students Federation of India was likely to take home two council seats, and Youth For Equality appeared to be drawing a blank as per last details available this evening.

The final tally of results as well as winners of the main office bearers -- president, vice president, general secretary and joint secretary -- are expected to be declared tomorrow morning.

According to officials, AISA`s presidential candidate Sucheta De was leading the pack by almost 300 votes by this evening by the time 900 votes had been counted.

This is JNU`s first student election in four years but a below par voter turnout of 61 per cent was witnessed at the University that is known for its political activism and
awareness.

The varsity has traditionally been a bastion of Leftists groups. Notably, the last student union that was elected in 2007, was also dominated by AISA.

The candidates this time had focused on issues like the struggle to restore the democratic process, the Lyngdoh committee recommendations and the need to reject them and a whole host of pent up issues of students.

As many as 123 candidates were in fray.

PTI