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Cong student wing opts out of JNU’s fight against apex court poll ban

In a volte face,the National Students’ Union of India has withdrawn from the Joint Struggle Committee of the Jawaharlal Nehru University that is fighting a Supreme Court ban on the university’s students’ union elections.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | New Delhi |
September 2, 2009 1:27:13 am

In a volte face,the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has withdrawn from the Joint Struggle Committee of the Jawaharlal Nehru University that is fighting a Supreme Court ban on the university’s students’ union elections. The decision came after a crucial general body meeting — convened to extend the term of the current JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) by two months — turned ugly after the NSUI were allegedly denied the right to speak.

NSUI sources said the organisation would now withdraw as a petitioner in the case and ask for immediate elections under the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations. The students’ union thus elected would then wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court.

Newsline had reported on August 12 that the NSUI’s slated internal elections for its JNU wing would be a tacit approval of the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations. Sources said the NSUI took a stand against the All India Students’ Association-led JNUSU after it targeted the union government in its struggle to hold the elections. The JNUSU had conducted a protest rally to the Prime Minister’s Office on August 26 against the ban.

“The court is considering the case,and we should respect the verdict when it is delivered. Meanwhile,we cannot let this students’ union continue indefinitely,” JNU NSUI president Simmy Joseph said.

“Parties have left the Joint Struggle Committee earlier,and NSUI has just joined the club. This is expected from parties seeking to maintain a status quo and not further JNU’s progressive brand of politics,” Meera Vishwanathan,counsellor in the JNUSU,said.

JNU witnessed tumultuous scenes on Monday night after NSUI members allegedly disrupted the general body meeting after they were denied a chance to speak. “They came up with a fresh list of 30 speakers halfway into the meeting when they knew the list had to be submitted beforehand. When the chair refused,about 15 NSUI members came back,disrupted the speech that was in progress,snatched the microphone and cut power supply,” Vishwanathan said.

The NSUI has,meanwhile,alleged their workers were beaten up. Cases have been registered against JNUSU president Sandeep Singh,joint secretary Mobeen Alam and Lenin from SFI.

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