New Delhi: All India Student Federation grabbed the President’s post in the recently-concluded Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union polls. While All India Student Association (AISA) won two seats, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has bounced back at JNU.
Kanhaiya Kumar of AISF won the President’s post, while Vice-President and General Secretary’s posts were retained by AISA’s Shehla Rashid Shora and Rama Naga. The joint secretary’s post was won by ABVP’s Saurabh Sharma.
The students’ union election at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday recorded 53.3 per cent turnout, a marginal dip from last year. Last year, the voters’ turnout was 54.58 per cent.
A total of 22 candidates had contested for the Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union central panel that has posts of President, Vice-President, General Secretary and Joint Secretary.
New Delhi, February 28: Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur withdrew from her social media campaign against the ABVP today after allegedly becoming the recipient of a number of threats from the members of the RSS-backed outfit and being badly trolled by the ruling BJP leaders.
Kaur, who is the daughter of martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, has received a lot of support from her college – the Lady Shri Ram college and her act has been termed as sensible and brave by her peers and superiors.
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In to her recent tweet, Kaur said, “I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say… One thing is for sure, next time we will think twice before resorting to violence or threats and that’s all this was about.”
Kaur has also mentioned that she has been through a lot, and “this is all my 20 year self could take”.
According to PTI reports, After her withdrawal from the campaign, the DU student will not take part in any activity against ABVP members. She will also not attend a march being conducted by a group of students at the Delhi University today.
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“The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the march in huge numbers. Best of luck… To anyone questioning my courage and bravery.. I’ve shown more than enough,” Kaur has stated in a series of tweets.
The Lady Sri Ram college has supported Kaur saying that she is entitled to the right to express her opinion, just like everyone else.
In an official statement the college has said, “We support our student as duty of institutions is to nurture students without fear. Gurmehar has right to express her opinion and she responded sensitively, bravely. She has fulfilled her duty as a young citizen.”
Following the violent events at Ramjas college, The 20-year-old had started the campaign ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’. The campaign went viral and managed to receive a massive support from students of various universities from all over India.
Yesterday, She had met Swati Maliwal, chief of Delhi Commission for Women and mentioned that she has been receiving a torrent of “rape threats” on social media, allegedly by ABVP members.
Terming the threats as “shameful”, Maliwal has also written to Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik with a demand that an FIR be lodged against the “abusers” and security be provided to the student and her family. Currently, Kaur and her family are being provided protection by DCW Home Guards.
– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang