JU, still a Left citadel but no united fight gives boost to ABVP

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Kolkata: Just like Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Jadavpur University (JU) is also considered to be a bastion for the Left. The results of the student union polls indicates that JU is still the Left Front citadel, as all pro-Left Front student bodies got control on student union posts in the University.

However, unlike JNU, in JU, Left did not contest the polls united and they had to pay the price with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) garnering more votes.  ABVP, which contested the polls for the first time secured the second spot.

After the results were announced, it was clear that the Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) won all the five important positions in Engineering department.

The SFI, student wing of the CPI (M), won with a massive lead in all the four central panel seats in Arts faculty but emerged as overall third in the union polls.

In a significant development ABVP, secured the second spot in Engineering faculty pushing SFI to the third spot.

DSF leader Gaurav said that the polls had given a direct message that JU doesn’t allow communal politics.

“Jadavpur University believes in unity.  The election results showed that students of JU will never allow any divisive forces and hatred politics in the university,” said Gaurav, who had won from the Engineering department.

However, several ABVP activists were also seen merrymaking outside the campus for emerging second in Engineering department by bagging over 500 votes.

“The results shows that students who are the future of this country have rejected the RSS-BJP ideology of communalism and hatred,” said senior CPI (M) leader and politburo member Sujan Chakraborty.

DSF bagged 3,304 votes, the ABVP got 508 votes. SFI and TMCP affiliated to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) got 288 and 77 votes respectively, the official said.

“Had student unions affiliated to Left front political organizations fought together like they did in JNU, ABVP would not have got this many  votes,” said a student politics observer.

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