In the Jawaharlal Nehru University student union elections, something astonishing happened; ABVP emerged as the single largest party in the last bastion of Left. A united Left did win the JNUSU elections but what is worth noting is that it required a coalition of several ideologically Left parties to defeat a right winged ABVP in an institution hailed as the last bastion of Left. JNU, often hailed as the last bastion of Left recently witnessed a student union election that saw multiple Left Parties uniting to preserve the red from ABVP.
The post of Joint Secretary was bagged by Amutha, a candidate of united Left. The margin by which this candidate defeated ABVP’s Venkat Choubey was a mere 800.The Jawaharlal Nehru University student union elections were far from peaceful. The counting of votes was suspended for over fifteen hours. The reason for this glitch was vandalism by students in the counting room at 4a.m. The students responsible for the vandalism were allegedly affiliated to ABVP. ABVP however, maintains that it had nothing to do with the incident.
Delhi Police and CRPF had to be deployed at gate of the university as scuffle broke out between ABVP supporters and Left supporters after thousands of students gathered outside the room to raise slogans against ABVP after the vandalism of the counting room.The counting finally resumed at 6:30 pm after the Grievance Redressal Committee appointed a professor to be present at the counting.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University student union elections were eventful not only because of the disruptions but because of the history created. ABVP has had a strong revival in JNU in the last few years. The revival has been so prominent and their influence so strong that it forced all the ideologically Left parties into a coalition to save the fall of Left in the last bastion of Left.The Jawaharlal Nehru University student union elections of 2018 are surely going down in history as the event where the “red” had to huddle to fight the growing prominence of the “saffron”