New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
was painted red again with the ultra-Left All India Students
Association today sweeping the students` union polls winning
all the top four posts and majority of councillors` seats.
AISA`s Sucheta De, a PhD Geography student, trumped
SFI-AISF combine`s Ziko Dasgupta by a margin of 1,251 votes
for the post of president. De won a whopping 2,102 votes while
Gupta managed to garner only 751 votes.
Abhishek Yadav was elected as the Vice President defeating
his nearest rival by a margin of 620 while Ravi Prasad won the
General Secretary post by a margin of 919 votes.
Mohd Firoz is the new Joint Secretary. He defeated his
nearest rival by 579 votes.
As many as 123 candidates were in fray for the 30 seats,
including the four top posts for the polls conducted after a
gap of four years.
Majority of the councillors` seat was also won by the
The varsity has traditionally been a bastion of Leftist
groups. Notably, the last student union, that was elected in
2007, was also dominated by AISA.
The candidates this time had focused on 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.