Two students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi have been elected MLAs in the Kerala Assembly after they emerged victorious in the respective seats they contested.
While Roji M John was the winning UDF candidate in Angamaly, Mohammed Mohsin was elected MLA in Pattambi constituency on a LDF ticket.
Both leaders, although belonging to different political ideologies, had stood together at JNU when its student union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on sedition charges and accused of raising anti-national slogans.
Mohsin, a student of School of Social Science at JNU, was the AISF vice president at the university. AISF is the student wing of the CPI.
“The JNU events caught the attention of the entire country, so obviously my candidature has caught the attention of the national media. It helps me in my campaign too,” he told Indian Express earlier in May during the election campaign.
In fact, to rally support for Mohsin, Kanhaiya even came down to Pattambi to address a rally. In the end, it proved to be good for Mohsin. He defeated the nearest Congress candidate today by over 7,000 votes.
Meanwhile, for John too, the victory was comfortable with a margin of 9,000 votes over the nearest Janata Dal (Secular) candidate. John is the chief of NSUI, the student wing of the Congress.
But unfortunately for John, the overall sentiment in Kerala has proved to be against the Congress-led UDF. As of 5 pm, the CPM-led LDF is winning in at least 90 seats, with the UDF restricted to less than 50 seats. The halfway mark in the 140-member state Assembly is 71.