JNUSU election result 2018 updates: Left alliance wins all central panel posts; N Sai Balaji wins president's post by 1,179 votes

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JNUSU election result 2018 updates: Left alliance wins all central panel posts; N Sai Balaji wins president's post by 1,179 votes
  • 14:34 (IST)

    Celebrations erupt on JNU campus

  • 14:16 (IST)

    CPI (ML) leader Kavita Krishnan calls results 'victory of JNU students over a united Sanghi nexus'

  • 14:16 (IST)

    Reasons behind Left alliance's victory in JNUSU polls 2018

    • In a close fight during the 2017 JNUSU polls, the Left alliance without AISF did a clean sweep of all the four positions. During 2018 polls, AISF also joined the Left, which was an extra advantage for Left United Alliance.
    • Focus on students centric issues and more discussion on betterment of youths.
    • Support from North East students and regional students.
    • In view of Lok Sabha elections 2019, Left alliance took JNUSU polls as semifinal and made several efforts to gain momentum for Left parties through JNUSU polls.

    Input by Ashish Mani Tiwari/ 101 Reporters

  • 14:03 (IST)

    Joint Secretary's post: LEft's Amutha Jayadeep wins

    Amutha Jayadeep, a Left alliance candidate, clinched the Joint Secretary's post with 2,047 votes, while ABVP's Venkat Chaubey received only 1,290 votes. Jayadeep won with a lead of 757 votes. 

  • 14:02 (IST)

    General Secretary's post: Left alliance wins with 2,426​ votes

    Left alliance's Aejaz Ahmad Rather won the General Secretary's post with 2,426 votes, while ABVP's Ganesh Gujar had to settle for 1,235 votes. The Left won by a margin of 1,193 votes.

  • 13:57 (IST)

    Vice President's post: Left alliance defeats ABVP by 1,579 votes

    Left alliance's Sarika Chaudhary won the JNUSU vice presidential polls with 2,592 votes, defeating ABVP's Geeta Sri, who received 1,013 votes. Chaudhary won by 1,579 votes.

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Final results in: Left alliance sweeps all central panel posts

    The United Left Alliance clinched victory in all central panel posts of the JNUSU, defeating RSS-affiliated ABVP. Left presidential candidate N Sai Balaji won with 2,151 votes with a margin of 1,179 votes. ABVP garnered 972 votes. 

  • 13:32 (IST)

    AISF gets ready to celebrate as Left alliance leads in all posts

    AISF, part of the Left alliance, is getting ready to celebrate as Left leads in all central panel posts.

    Input by Ashish Mani Tiwari/101Reporters

  • 13:24 (IST)

    WATCH: N Sai Balaji vows to fight against fund-cut after winning

    Left alliance's candidate for the post of the president, N Sai Balaji, has vowed to fight against fund-cut if he wins the polls.

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 13:15 (IST)

    RECAP: Counting was suspended for about 14 hours on Saturday

    There was high drama on Saturday as counting was suspended for close to 14 hours after the ABVP staged protests claiming it was not informed about the start of the counting process. The counting, which was suspended at 4 am, resumed at 6.30 pm after two teachers from the Grievance Redressal Cell were appointed as observers for the exercise, officials said.

  • 13:09 (IST)

    Latest tally for Joint Secretary's post

    Amutha (Left alliance) - 1,839

    Kanaklata Yadav (BAPSA) - 661

    Nureng Reena (NSUI) - 744

    Venkat Chaubey (ABVP) - 1118

  • 13:08 (IST)

    Latest tally for General Secretary's post

    Aejaj (Left Unity) - 2,207

    Ganesh (ABVP) - 1,128

    Mohammed Mufizul (NSUI) - 314

    Vishambhar Nath (BAPSA)- 745

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Latest count for Vice-President's post

    Geeta Sri (ABVP) - 918

    liji (NSUI) - 428

    Purna chandra (BAPSA) - 594

    Sarika (Left alliance) - 2326

  • 13:04 (IST)

    Latest tally for President's post (4,709 votes counted)

    Jayant Kumar (RJD) - 479

    Lalit Pandey (ABVP ) - 875

    N Sai Balaji (Left alliance) - 1,948

    Thallapalli Praveen (BAPSA) - 635

    Vikas Yadav (NSUI)- 367

  • 13:01 (IST)

    Left alliance supporters celebrate as they lead in all central panel posts

    Left alliance supporters are celebrating as they lead in all central panel posts of president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary.

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 12:54 (IST)

    'Taking results as a win': ABVP's presidential candidate

    ABVP's candidate for the post of the president, Lalit Pandey, said that they are taking the results as a win. Talking to News18, he said, "This is the win of our will. The Left had to form a coalition to defeat us. They had to come together to fight us."

  • 12:50 (IST)

    4,709 votes counted till now

    Till now, 4,709 votes have been counted and the Left alliance is leading in all central panel posts.

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Left supporters begin celebrations as they inch towards win

    The Left alliance is leading in all four central panel posts.

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 12:37 (IST)

    Latest tally for Joint Secretary's post: Left alliance in lead

    Amutha (Left alliance) - 1,775

    Kanaklata Yadav (BAPSA) - 568

    Nureng Reena (NSUI) - 693

    Venkat Chaubey (ABVP) - 1071

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Latest tally for General Secretary's post

    Aejaj (Left alliance) - 2,115

    Ganesh (ABVP) - 1,079

    Mohammed Mufizul (NSUI) - 306

    Vishambhar Nath (BAPSA) - 686

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Latest count for Vice-President's post

    Geeta Sri (ABVP) - 872

    liji (NSUI) - 417

    Purna chandra (BAPSA) - 554

    Sarika (Left alliance) - 2,209

  • 12:28 (IST)

    Latest tally for President's post: Left maintains lead

    Jayant Kumar (RJD) - 459

    Lalit Pandey (ABVP) - 833

    N Sai Balaji (Left alliance) - 1,861

    Thallapalli Praveen (BAPSA) - 585

    Vikas Yadav (NSUI) - 354

  • 12:26 (IST)

    So far, 4,481 votes have been counted

    So far, 4,481 votes have been counted out of the total 5,185 votes polled.

  • 12:24 (IST)

    WATCH: Left alliance supporters celebrate their lead in all central posts

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 12:17 (IST)

    Left's N Sai Balaji vows to fight against fund cut

    Left alliance candidate for the post of the president, N Sai Balaji, said that they will fight against fund cut and seat cut if they win the elections. "Last year, we organised multiple protests against seat cut and reservation cut. However, we were attacked by the Delhi Police for the same," he added.

    "The people who accuse JNU of harbouring anti-national sentiments are themselves working against the country," he said.

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 12:10 (IST)

    RECAP: Voter turnout in JNUSU election was 67.8%

    The voter turnout in the JNUSU election was 67.8 percent, believed to be the highest in six years. Last year and in 2016, the voting percentage was 59 percent. In 2015, the voting percentage was 55 percent. In 2013 and 2014, the percentage hovered around 55 percent while in 2012, the voter turnout had reached 60 percent.

  • 12:05 (IST)

    So far, 3,931 votes have been counted

    Till now, 3,931 votes have been counted out of the more than 5,000 votes polled. So far, the Left alliance (SFI-AISA-AISF-DSF) is leading on all central panel posts.

  • 11:58 (IST)

    Left alliance leading in all four central panel posts

    The Left alliance is leading in all the four central panel posts – president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary

  • 11:54 (IST)

    Latest tally for Joint Secretary's post

    Amutha (Left alliance)- 1,489 votes

    Kanaklata Yadav (BAPSA) - 472 votes

    Nureng Reena (NSUI) - 548 votes

    Venkat Chaubey (ABVP) - 848 votes

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Latest tally for General Secretary's post: Left maintains lead

    Aejaj (Left alliance) - 1,666 votes

    Ganesh (ABVP) - 789 votes

    Mohammed Mufizul (NSUI) - 230 votes

    Vishambhar Nath (BAPSA) - 566 votes

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Latest vote count for Vice President's post: Left ahead with 1,807 votes

    Geeta Sri (ABVP) - 693 votes
    liji (NSUI) - 366 votes
    Purnachandra (BAPSA) - 455 votes
    Sarika (Left alliance) - 1,807 votes

  • 11:30 (IST)

    Latest tally for President's post: Left union maintains steady lead

    Jayant Kumar (RJD) -389 votes
    Lalit Pandey (ABVP) - 663 votes
    N Sai Balaji (Left alliance) - 1,467 votes
    Thallapalli Praveen (BAPSA) - 483 votes
    Vikas Yadav (NSUI) - 281 votes

  • 11:16 (IST)

    So far, 3587 votes have been counted

    Till now, 3,587 votes have been counted out of the more than 5,000 votes polled. So far, the Left alliance (SFI-AISA-AISF-DSF) is leading on all central panel posts. 

  • 11:13 (IST)

    Left alliance still leading on presidential post

    As per the latest update, Left alliance candidate N Sai Balaji is ahead of ABVP in the presidential run with 1,457 votes, while the latter has only 663 votes.

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 11:11 (IST)

    AISA leaders claims 10-15 students from Left alliance were injured in Saturday's violence

    All India Students Association,leader, Sandeep Saurav claimed that around 10-15 students, who belonged to Left alliance, got injured in the violence on Saturday and Friday. They were taken to nearby hospitals of JNU campus.

    Input by Ashish Mani Tiwari/ 101 Reporters

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Voted for NSUI as they raised attendance, reservation issue, says JNU student

    Vishal Anand, MA 2nd year student, says he voted for NSUI because they raised attendance and reservation issue and also agitated a lot for that. The Left union was not able to make up to the promises they made last year such as they did not make any effort to provide safe drinking water, and didn't address the compulsory attendance issue.

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 10:47 (IST)

    Students' trust helping us give a tough fight to Left, says ABVP

    National Media Convenor of ABVP, Monika Chaudhary, stated that "The information we have received is that the Left is now leading and ABVP is in second position. But we are glad that students are trusting us, that's why we were leading the elections earlier for a very long time. We are still giving a tough fight to Left alliance. And waiting for the results."

    Input by Ashish Mani Tiwari/ 101 Reporters

  • 10:38 (IST)

    No police personnel present outside counting centre

    No police personnel are present outside the counting centre. Guards of the campus have been handed over the duty to maintain law and order. This comes after some supporters barged into the counting centre on Saturday.

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 10:33 (IST)

    Latest tally for Vice President's post

    • Geetasri (ABVP) - 623 votes
    • liji (NSUI) - 342 votes
    • Purnachandra (BAPSA) - 414 votes
    • Sarika (Left alliance) - 1,571 votes

  • 10:27 (IST)

    Latest tally for President's post: Left alliance in lead

    • Jayant Kumar (RJD) - 350 votes
    • Lalit Pandey (ABVP) -  605 votes
    • N Sai Balaji (Left Unity) - 1,350 votes
    • Thallapalli Praveen (BAPSA) - 436 votes
    • Vikas Yadav (NSUI) - 251 votes

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 10:16 (IST)

    ABVP confident of winning JNUSU election

    Abijeet Dwivedi, ABVP chief campaign coordinator says that the party is confident of winning the election. "If we win today, will fight for removal of compulsory attendance, improve basic amenities," he said. 

    Input by Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 10:09 (IST)

    Electoral fight between Left alliance and ABVP

    According to figures available, the Left and the ABVP are locked in a close fight on the central panel posts of president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary with the Left leading the ABVP on all the posts.

  • 09:46 (IST)

    BAPSA is voice of students from oppressed classes on JNU campus, says candidate

    The Birsa Ambedkar Phule Student Association's (BAPSA) presidential candidate, Thallapelli Praveen, said his party represents the voice of students from the oppressed classes on the campus. Praveen asked students to think beyond the left and right binary.

    "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. Don't get caught in the banner of left and right politics, and work for the oppressed," he said.

  • 09:39 (IST)

    RJD student wing nominates candidate for first time

    The Rashtriya Janata Dal's student wing has fielded a candidate for the first time in the JNUSU elections. Its candidate Jayant Kumar, much like the Congress-affiliated NSUI's nominee, Vikas Yadav, attacked the Centre over reducing funding for higher education, and lowering the number of seats at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and scuttling with its reservation policy.

  • 09:32 (IST)

    ABVP 'promises' to fix JNU hostels

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

  • 09:31 (IST)

    Left alliance says demonetisation 'a failure' during campaign trail

    During the presidential debate, Left alliance candidate N Sai Balaji said, "Demonetisation was a failure, there are no jobs as promised and there is a constant attack on higher education...The year started with the violence of Bhima Koregaon and we recently saw the arrests of activists and academics. This government is employing intimidating tactics. Here, the V-C is destroying the university, which the students have to reclaim," he said.

  • 09:20 (IST)

    Latest tally for Joint Secretary's post

    • Amutha Jayadeep (Left alliance) - 1,152 votes
    • Kanaklata Yadav (BAPSA) -388 votes
    • Nureng Reena (NSUI) - 410 votes
    • Venkat Chaubey (ABVP) - 720 votes

  • 09:18 (IST)

    Latest vote tally for General Secretary's post

    • Aejaz Ahmad Rather (Left alliance) - 1,351 votes
    • Ganesh Gujar (ABVP) - 778 votes
    • Md Mofizul Alam (NSUI) - 175 votes
    • Vishambar Nath Prajapati (BAPSA) - 466 votes 

  • 09:16 (IST)

    Latest vote count for Vice President's post: Left alliance leading here as well

    • Geetasri Borvah (ABVP) - 570 votes
    • liji (NSUI) - 310 votes
    • Purnachandra Naik (BAPSA) - 371 votes
    • Sarika Chaudhary (Left alliance) - 1,371 votes

    With inputs from Rahul Satija/101Reporters

  • 09:01 (IST)

    Latest tally for President's post: Left alliance leading

    • N Sai Balaji (Left alliance) - 1,193 votes 
    • Lalit Pandey  (ABVP) - 561 votes 
    • ​Thallapelli Praveen (BAPSA) 391 votes 
    • Jayant Kumar (RJD) - 318 votes ​
    • Vikas Yadav (NSUI) - 222 votes

JNUSU election result 2018 LATEST updates: The United Left Alliance clinched victory in all central panel posts of the JNUSU, defeating RSS-affiliated ABVP. Left presidential candidate N Sai Balaji won with 2,151 votes with a margin of 1,179 votes. ABVP garnered 972 votes.

As per the latest update, Left alliance candidate N Sai Balaji is ahead of ABVP in the presidential run with 1,948 votes, while the latter has only 875 votes. Till now, 4,709 votes have been counted out of the more than 5,000 votes polled. So far, the Left alliance (SFI-AISA-AISF-DSF) is leading on all central panel posts.

Nidhi Tripathi, last year's presidential candidate from ABVP, accused the Left alliance of indulging in violence. She said, "Supporters of the Left Union threw the barricade outside the SIS counting centre. Due to the chaos they created, a security guard got hurt on his leg. And the ABVP supporters helped him in getting the proper medical facilities." She also alleged the election committee was biased against the ABVP.

As per the latest vote count tally, the Left alliance's N Sai Balaji is currently leading in the president's post with 1,193 votes followed by ABVP's Lalit Pandey (561 votes), BAPSA's Thallapelli Praveen (391 votes), RJD's Jayant Kumar (318 votes) and NSUI's Vikas Yadav (222 votes).

To keep the counting transparent, constant announcements are being made about the total vote count and the specific vote share for each candidate. This procedure is very different from the recent DUSU elections where no initiative was take to ensure transparency.

Counting of votes in the JNU students union polls was suspended for over 14 hours on Saturday by election authorities citing "forcible entry" and "attempts to snatch away ballot boxes" at the counting venue, after the ABVP staged protests claiming it was not informed about the start of the process.

The counting, which was suspended at 4 am, resumed at 6.30 pm after two teachers from the Grievance Redressal Cell were appointed as observers for the exercise, officials said.

The counting process was stalled after Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which is the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), staged protest alleging they were not informed about the process.

The JNU Election Committee said "the counting process, which began on 14 September at 10 pm has been suspended due to forcible entry into the counting venue and attempts to snatch away the sealed ballot boxes as well as ballot papers from our counting centres."

Students in a queue to cast their votes at JNU. Image: Rahul Satija/101Reporters

Representational image. Rahul Satija/101Reporters

The Left outfits alleged that the ABVP was involved in the violence but the saffron outfit denied it.

The deadlock at the Jawaharlal Nehru University persisted till evening with the ABVP accusing the election authorities of bias towards the Left outfits and threatening to move court.

The Election Committee, however, issued a statement saying it had made announcement for counting agents to come and was following the rules.

It said, "A malicious lie is being spread on social media and among students that the Election Committee had not made three announcements and went forth with the entry of the counting agents for post of Central Panel for combined schools and Special Centres."

The Election Committee would like to clearly state three announcement calls were made (with the third call announced as the last and final call) and communicated to the students gathered outside the counting venue) via loudspeaker, the committee said.

"After that the election committee members informed the security guards about it and asked them to gather any counting agents.

"Fourteen counting agents for 10 different candidates had reported at the counting venue. After which counting process had started and sealed boxes were opened in the presence of the counting agents," it said.

As per the established norms, no new counting agents can enter the counting venue, once the seal of the boxes is opened.

"Election Committee (EC) had to reject the request of new counting agents being allowed inside that respective counting venue. Few students had forcibly entered the building and reached the counting venue, thus we had to suspend the counting process," it said.

The panel also claimed that their members, including women, faced intimidation.

President of ABVP-JNU unit Vijay Kumar said they will not hesitate to approach the Delhi High Court if they do not get justice.

"Counting of votes is being done without adhering to the rules. The EC is not following even the bare minimum requirements of election procedure.

"The biased way of handling elections has put a question mark on EC's neutrality. We have approached the Grievance Redressal Cell to seek justice. We will not hesitate to proceed to Delhi High Court if we don't get justice," he added.

The Grievance Redressal Cell is a body comprising the varsity's professors which addresses election related complaints.

In the evening, it was announced that the Cell has appointed two observers for the counting if votes.

The ABVP claimed their counting agent was not informed about the beginning of counting of votes polled in science schools.

The Left bloc claimed that "around 4 am, ABVP broke the glasses of the School of International Studies building".

They also claimed the ABVP counting agent was called but he did not turn up on time.

Kumar claimed their counting agent was not called and the counting process was initiated in front of the members of the Left outfit.

"We protested peacefully as the EC is biased towards the Left. We did not create any ruckus," he said.

The voter turnout in the keenly contested JNUSU election on Friday was 67.8 percent, believed to be the highest in six years. Over 5,000 students cast their votes.

The Left-backed All India Students' Association (AISA), Students' Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students' Federation (DSF) and All India Students' Federation (AISF) have come together to form the United-Left alliance.

Besides the Left bloc, there are candidates of ABVP, NSUI (National Students' Union of India) and BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association).

Technical glitches in EVMs had marred the counting process for Delhi University Students' Union polls on Thursday, leading to its suspension for close to three hours.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: Sep 16, 2018 14:47 PM

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