JNUSU: Counting of Polls Suspended, After ABVP Protest

JNUSU: Counting of Polls Suspended, After ABVP Protest

JNUSU: Counting of Polls Suspended, After ABVP Protest 

New Delhi: Early morning, the counting of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) polls' votes was suspended, after the protest of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members, who alleged that tthey were not informed about the process.

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad said that their counting agent was not informed about the beginning of counting of votes polled in science schools.

The JNU Election Committee, stated that it suspended the counting temporarily but refused to name the party which protested.

The ABVP was alleged of creating a ruckus, by the members of Left student unions. The allegations were denied by ABVP

"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.

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The Left bloc claimed, "Around 4:00am, ABVP broke the glasses of the School of International Studies building. Election Committee stopped the counting indefinitely."

The left said that the ABVP's counting agent was called but he did not turn up on time.

The ABVP president of JNU, Vijay Kumar said that their counting agent was not called and the counting process was initiated in front of the members of the Left outfit.

"We protested peacefully as the EC is biased towards the Left. We did not create any ruckus," he said.

On Friday, 67.8% voter turned out in the keenly contested Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU). The number is said to be the highest in six years. Over 5,000 students cast their votes.

The All India Students' Association (AISA), Students' Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students' Federation (DSF) and All India Students' Federation (AISF) have come together to form the United Left alliance.

Besides the Left bloc, there are candidates of ABVP, NSUI (National Students' Union of India) and BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association).

A ruckus was created by a technical glitch in the EVMs during the counting process for Delhi University Students' Union polls on Thursday. This lead to suspension of counting for close to three hours. The counting had resumed only after parties reached a consensus.

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