The All India Students Association has reclaimed its bastion,winning all four central panel seats in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) elections,held after four years.
Celebrations had begun much before the chairperson of the poll panel announced the results,with members of the ultra-Left AISA waiting outside the School of International Studies till the counting was complete.
Sucheta De,Abhishek Kumar Yadav,Ravi Prakash Singh and Mohd Firoz Ahamad from AISA have been elected to the posts of president,vice-president,general secretary and joint secretary,respectively.
Sucheta,the new president,won 2,012 of the 4,637 votes polled,defeating her closest competitor,Zico Dasgupta from the coalition of Students Federation of India (SFI) and All India Students Federation (AISF),by 1,351 votes. Anagha Ingole from SFI put up a strong fight for the post of vice-president but lost to Yadav by 640 votes.
Soon after the declaration of results,AISA members took out a victory procession across the campus,smearing each other with red colour. Sucheta said the AISA-led JNUSU will ensure proper representation of the marginalised section and the differently-abled,and also address the problems of hostels and merit-cum-means scholarships at the University.
AISA has also won 14 of the 30 councillor seats in the JNUSU. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won six seats,National Students Union of India (NSUI) won four seats while three independent candidates have been elected to the council from the Science schools.
AISA has been active in JNU since 1993 and this is the seventh time that their candidate has been elected president. In the previous elections,held in 2007,AISA had a clean sweep in the central panel.
Former JNUSU president and party national president Sandeep Singh said the victory was a mandate for the democratic rights and aspirations of the students.