New Delhi: Ultra-left All India Students Association was on Sunday in the lead for three of the top four posts including that of president in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union elections as counting of votes entered the last phase.
Candidate of Democratic Students Federation (DSF) was in the lead for the post of Joint Secretary as the traditional ballot paper counting went on for over 48 hours.
AISA candidate Akbar Chowdhary was in the lead in a race with DSF`s Ishan Ahmed, SFI`s Rahul N, NSUI`s Pran Veer Singh, ABVP`s Alok Kumar Singh and Concerned Student`s Chandrasen.
Also in the presidential race is Uzbekistan national Akhmetbekov Zhassulan, contesting from Chhatra Janta Dal (U).
Chowdhary till now has received 1,214 votes followed by DSF`s Ahmed who has got 472 votes till 8.30 PM. Foreign national, Zhassulan received only 10 votes till now.
According to the trends, Anubhuti Agnes Bara and Sandeep Saurabh, also AISA candidates, were leading for the post of vice president and general secretary.
Bara is leading for the VP post with 1,325 votes followed by DSF`s Zeeshan (503), while Saurab is leading for the post of general secretary with 948 votes followed by NSUI`s Caroline (526).
The only post where AISA is placed second is for joint secretary in which DSF candidate Sonam Goyal is leading with 1,256 followed by AISA`s Sarfaraz (1,050).
DSF, which contested the JNUSU elections last year as JNU-SFI along with All India Students` Federation (AISF) after a split in Students` Federation of India (SFI), took part in the polls alone this time.
"AISA is leading in three of top four posts of JNUSU," Chowdhary, AISA`s presidential candidate, said.
These were the trends till 8.30 PM as the counting of votes was on for the central panel. The counting of votes is expected to go on post midnight with results expected in the wee hours tomorrow.
There were eight candidates fighting for the post of president, five for vice-president, six for general secretary and three for joint secretary.
An estimated 56 per cent turnout was recorded for the polling of JNUSU elections on September 13, the same day as Delhi University Student Union polls.
DUSU results were declared yesterday in which BJP`s ABVP wrested control from Congress` NSUI, by winning three out of four top posts.
Last year, V Lenin Kumar, the candidate from the SFI-JNU, (now known as DSF which was formed by students expelled from SFI) and AISF alliance, was elected as JNUSU president.
The other three posts had gone to AISA.
This year`s student election in JNU has also been in news since for the first time an openly gay candidate has contested for a post in the central panel.
Gourab Ghosh, 29-year-old PhD fellow, contested for the post of general secretary as an SFI`s candidate. He till now has received 464 votes.
AISA was on a winning streak in the elections for
councillors as it clinched most of the seats in the three main JNU schools -- School of Languages, School of International Studies and School of Social Studies.
Women safety, state of Indian economy, hostels, Naxalism, caste-based discrimination, communal riots and inflation were among issues raised during the presidential debate.
The debate by those contesting for the posts of president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary, was witnessed by more than 2,500 students.
Merit-cum-Means Scholarship (MCM) was the common agenda for all the contesting students unions.