JNU polls: Campaigning in full swing

Sloganeering is in the air again and the JNU campus is awash with political posters exhorting students to vote for the right ideology.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: February 27, 2012 7:55 pm

Sloganeering is in the air again and the JNU campus is awash with political posters exhorting students to vote for the right ideology.

With just two days to go for the university’s first student election in four years,high intensity campaigning is on among the students who are celebrating the revival of the

democratic process.

As many as 123 candidates are in fray for the March 1 polls,and they are leaving no stone unturned to convince students.

General Body Meetings of all schools on February 23 and 24,were a hectic affair,so was the university GBM today.

A bulk of students at the campus are witnessing the election for the first time,and have hardly known the vibrant affair it usually is.

“Yes the campaign is on full swing,we have been approached personally by every single candidate,and we are enjoying every bit of it,” says Apra Vaidya,a student of

International Relations,who is in her first year in JNU.

“But our seniors who have witnessed earlier elections are telling us,the exercise used to be more vibrant before it was scrapped in 2008,” she added.

The unusual timing of the election which was routinely held in September too appears to have somewhat diminished the enthusiasm,given that the upcoming union will be in office only for a period of six months.

Slogan shouting is on full sway,so is the poster war at the campus.

The campaign pitch,however,will peak tomorrow with the much looked up to presidential debate that will see the 10 candidates in contention for the JNUSU president’s post debate their heart out on possibly all issues under the sun.

So,while a hostel crunch or squeezing scholarship funds is sure to be touched by the candidates,what may also feature are the Wall Street protests,the Arab Spring and tribal rights.

When it comes to JNU election,there is no dearth of debates on issues of national and international importance.

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