New Delhi: The results of the students’ union election at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are likely to be declared today after more than 12 hours of interruption, caused by some people belonging to a students’ union, who had barged into the counting centre and attempted to “snatch the sealed ballot boxes”. As the campus remained tense, the counting of votes in the JNU Election 2018 finally resumed on Saturday night at around 6 PM with the presence of the area DCP, five inspectors and two companies of the CRPF at the gates.Also Read - From Mumbai to California: Sarita Mali, Who Once Sold Flowers Gets Admission in US University For PhD
The counting of the votes was indefinitely suspended at 4:00 AM on Saturday after members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), alleging rigging of polls by the Election Committee, allegedly attacked the School of International Studies building where the ballot boxes were stored, breaking the glasses of the building. At least 10 people were injured in the clashes between the left and right-wing student organisations. Also Read - Professor Makarand Paranjape’s Book Lay Bare Fault Lines that Continue to Create Upheavals on JNU Campus
The ABVP, however, refuted the charges and alleged that the counting of the votes in the JNU Election 2018 had begun without any information being given to them. Also Read - Hindu Sena Puts Up Flags, Posters Outside JNU; Warns of 'Stringent Steps if Saffron Insulted'
Rejecting to consider the polls an election, an ABVP member said, “EC members have started counting with the Left workers without calling the ABVP counting agent at the time of introduction of first round counting. Both the EC members and the left are plotting a rigging of the elections.”
The JNU Election Committee, in a statement, said that it had suspended the counting of the votes but did not name any particular party for creating a violence at the counting centre. It also denied charges of making a formal announcement about the commencement of the counting of votes.
The statement also alleged that attempts to snatch sealed ballot boxed and papers were made. “The counting process, which began at 10 pm on September 14, has been suspended due to the forced entry into the counting venue, and attempts to snatch sealed ballot boxes and papers,” a statement from the JNU Election Committee read. The campus Election Commission also demanded an unconditional apology from the ABVP as several EC members got injured in the attack.
The ABVP members were also accused of picking up a student in a car which belonged to the RSS-affilate organisation’s candidate in the JNU Election 2018. Rubbishing the charges, ABVP’s Saurabh Sharma said, “Nothing like this has happened. We haven’t mobilised anyone.” Accusing Left of spreading the rumours, he said, “This is typical Left rumour mongering.”
In the JNU Election 2018, the Left Unity (125) leading in the presidential election. ABVP (112) are in the second place, with RJD (54) in third.