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Kanhaiya Kumar’s student union won’t contest JNUSU polls this year

Last year, AISF leader Kanhaiya Kumar had won the post of the JNUSU president.

The All India Students’ Federation (AISF) has decided not to contest the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) elections this year, after an alliance with the other two main Left organisations on campus failed to materialise. The JNUSU elections are scheduled to be held on September 9.

Last year, AISF leader Kanhaiya Kumar had won the post of the JNUSU president.

In a statement, the organisation said, “AISF was continuously pursuing this (broader Left-democratic unity) unconditionally. However, once again the sectarian attitude of certain organisations (AISA-SFI) has made it impossible. We believe that taking political responsibility of upholding the principle of a unified front and not giving ABVP undue advantage… the AISF will not contest in this election.”

Earlier, the AISF had expressed its willingness to team up with the All India Students’ Association (AISA) and the Students’ Federation of India (SFI). However, AISF sources said the alliance could not materialise since their candidate was not acceptable to either AISA or SFI.

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Meanwhile, candidates vying for the JNUSU president’s post spoke about their poll agenda at a press conference Thursday, and many of them mentioned the February 9 incident.

“The incident of February 9, in which anti-India slogans were raised, was deplorable. February 9 ka jawaab sabko September 9 ko milega (The response to the February 9 incident will be given on September 9),” said Janhawi Ojha from the ABVP.

AISA leader Mohit Pandey said, “From FTII to HCU to JNU, we have seen the kind of attack on campus democracy… There was an open FIR against 70 people in this campus over the February 9 incident. There was a campaign… ‘Shut Down JNU’, which is what we are fighting against.”

First published on: 02-09-2016 at 03:13:35 am
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