New Delhi, Sep 7: On February 9 this year, an event was held in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where anti-India slogans were raised. The event sparked a debate over nationalism and JNU became the centre of the entire controversy. Exactly after seven months of the ‘9th February’ event, JNU is gearing up another political tussle where Left and Right ideologies will lock horn against each other. JNU students’ union election will be held on September 9 where the students will elect Kanhaiya Kumar’s successor who was jailed for ‘anti national’ slogans. This election is being closely observed not just in JNU but in political circles too.
In order to keep right wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) out of power, two major left organization All India Students Association (AISA) and Students Federation of India (SFI) have formed an alliance. National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), student wing of the Congress, is also in the fray. However the major contest will be between AISA-SFI and ABVP in the JNU elections 2016. Mohit Kumar Pandey is the presidential candidate of the AISA-SFI alliance, while ABVP has fielded Janhavi Ojha for the top post. Sunny Dhiman is contesting for NSUI. Birsa-Ambedkar-phule Student Association (BAPSA) has also emerged as an option in the JNU polls. (ALSO READ: JNU election panel rejects application for opinion polls)
“They live here in this JNU. They eat in this country and still they want to destroy our India. Now they have been exposed. Everybody knows who shouts slogan against India. They will be defeated,” ABVP’s presidential candidate Jahanwi Ojha at Chandrabhaga Hostel of JNU amid slogans like 9 ka badla 9 ko lenge, ABVP panel ko vote karenge. “They say #shutdownJNU, we say #FightBack JNU” states a poster of AISA-SFI. These slogans make it clear that the election will be fought on the issue of ‘nationalism’.
All India Students Association: AISA, founded on 9 August 1990, is the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation. Since its formation, AISA has made significant presence in JNU. Currently Mz.Sucheta is the national president of AISA and Sandeep Saurav is its National General Secretary. Shehla Rashid Shora is Vice-President and Rama Naga is General Secretary.
Students Federation of India: Founded in 1970, SFI has a membership strength of about 43 lakhs among school and university students. Dr.Vikram Singh leads SFI at national level, while VP Sanu holds the post of President and General Secretary. SFI had a split in 2012 when CPM backed president candidacy of Pranab Mukharjee. A group of SFI opposed this decision that was later expelled. They formed a new organization called DSF.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad: ABVP is affiliated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), parent ideologue of BJP. It claims to be world’s largest student organisation with more than 3 million members.
Birsa-Ambedkar-phule Student Association: BAPSA is an independent student organization committed to unitesocially-economically-politically-culturally oppressed students’ to fight uncompromisingly against Brahmanism and Capitalism.
The campaigning for JNU elections 2016 is in full swing by all the students’ outfits. Presidential debate will be crucial for all candidates where they will express their ideas before the student community. The voting will take place on September 9 and results will be declared same day.