Left, ultra-Left sweep JU elections, ABVP 2nd in Engineering


Kolkata, Feb 20 Ultra-left and Left organisations swept the students union elections in the Jadavpur University where the vote count was held on Thursday.

Contesting for the first time, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (AVBP), student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), finished second in the Engineering faculty ahead of the Students Federation of India.

Radical Left Democratic Students Federation retained all the four office bearers' post in the Engineering faculty, while 'We the Independent' (WTI) - a consolidation of pro-Maoist and other Aextreme Left groups - kept intact their hegemony in the Engineering section.

The SFI, student wing of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) was onway to maintaining its hold over the Arts faculty, after a close fight with the Democratic Students Association, an extreme left group.

The ABVP trailed behind the DSF by a huge margin in the Engineering faculty, even though it finished second. The SFI took the third spot.

However, the ABVP failed to make any mark in the Arts faculty.

The Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP), affiliate of the state's ruling Trinamool Congress, fared poorly in each of the three faculties.

The union elections were held peacefully after a three-year break on Wednesday.

The elections were held for posts of 12 office bearers as also over 600 class representatives. However, majority of the posts went uncontested.

The humanities faculty has highest number of students - over 4,000. There are 2,000 students in the science faculty and 700 in the engineering faculty.

The ABVP fielded candidates for nine out of 12 office bearers of the union, adding a fresh dimension to the polls.