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AISA sweeps JNU polls, wins all four seats

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Nov 4 (UNI) The All-India Student Association today made a clean sweep in this year's JNU student union election, the results for which were declared this afternoon.

The AISA won all four seats in the student union elections, polling for which was held on Friday. with its candidate Sandeep Singh winning the president's post, the election office said.

While the vice president's post of the students union was won by Sephalika of the AISA, the association's Pallavi won the post of General Secretary.

Mavin Alam of the AISA was declared the Joint Secretary.

The candidates of the Students Federation of India (SFI) were at the second position in all the posts.

Over 60 per cent students had cast ballots in the students' union poll, held on Friday amid tight security in view of a charged atmosphere following the scuffle between two factions during the presidential debate on Wednesday night.

Heavy security, including personnel drawn from Delhi Police, was deployed on the campus on friday in view of Wednesday night's clash among rival groups when the presidential debate turned ugly following some unsavoury and disparaging remarks against Lord Rama by a student candidate. The clash led to a riot-like situation on the campus in which some students wielding lathis and rods clashed with each other.

Altogether 12 polling stations were set up where around 5200 electors were to exercise their franchise in two phases.

Counting of votes were undertaken from 2100 hrs on Friday night and the result were declared today.

Thirty-six candidates were in the fray for four seats on the student body. Out of the total 36, the maximum 12 contested for the post of President, seven for Vice-President, nine for General Secretary and eight tested their fortune for the post of Joint Secretary.

The run-up to the keenly-contested polls saw hot national issues like the Indo-US nuclear deal, OBC quota and the Nandigram being raked up by various student groups.

The groups in the fray -- Left-backed SFI and AISA, Congress-backed NSUI, BJP-backed ABVP and independent YFE among others -- also raised the key issues of class as well as religion during the canvassing for the polls.


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