United Left’s presidential candidate N Sai Balaji, vice-president candidate Sarika Chaudhary, general secretary candidate Aejaz Ahmed Rather and joint secretary candidate Amutha Jayadeep bagged all the four seats at the polls as per the result declared on Sunday.
The whole JNU campus heaved a sigh of relieve after a long night of tension when rumours of anticipated hooliganism in the campus on the counting day, spread on Whatsapp on Saturday night.
Even before the declaration of election results, members of United Left started to celebrate their victory in the campus by waiving red flags and throwing the red gulal in the air as a symbol of party’s triumph.
The JNU campus witnessed drama throughout Saturday when the counting for the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) election was suspended for over 14 hours after some leaders accused the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) of breaking into the counting centre and manhandling election committee members. The ABVP, meanwhile, claimed the counting had started without its agent being present.
The day was further marred with clashes and altercations between the ABVP and Left groups following which heaving security, including two companies of the CRPF, were deployed at the campus.
The counting was resumed at 6:30pm after the groups agreed to break the deadlock. However, the tension gripped the campus through the entire night with several rumours of violence sprouting up.