New Delhi: The counting of votes for the students union elections at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) resumed on Saturday evening after being suspended for nearly 12 hours. Notably, the counting was suspended after some Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members reportedly protested demanding recounting of votes. They had accusing the EC of colluding with the Left groups and keeping them deliberately out.
Earlier in the the day, the JNU Election Committee issued a statement saying it has suspended the counting temporarily. However, it refused to name the party which protested.
Members of Left student unions alleged that the ABVP created a ruckus. However, the ABVP had denied the allegation.
“The counting process, which began on September 14 at 10 pm has been suspended due to forcible entry into the counting venue and attempts to snatch away the sealed ballot boxes as well as ballot papers from our counting centres,” according to the Left bloc. They also claimed that their members, including women, faced intimidation.
Expressing outrage over the incident, Shehla Rashid, former union vice president had tweeted, “Shocked! Never seen something like this in JNU. ABVP goons broke glass doors and forcibly tried to enter the #JNUSU_Election2018 counting venue last night. They attacked the members of Election Committee and tried to snatch ballot boxes. Counting suspended.”
The voter turnout in the keenly contested Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) election was 67.8 per cent, believed to be the highest in six years.