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Democracy died a painful death in JNU

The institution which boasts of upholding highest standards of democratic values witnessed the lynching of the same democratic values at the hands of Left party and its other alliance partners. The Student Union Election in JNU this year was held on 14th September 2018. Like every year since 2014, this year’s election too, was hyped up. Mainstream Media took special cognizance of the JNUSU election.

Staying true to its biased attitude, media did not cover a few important things. ABVP Presidential candidate Lalit Pandey, during his speech in Presidential debate, was continuously interrupted by the Left candidates. Their political masters in parliament and assemblies have taught them well, of course. Left, sensing the increasing support for ABVP in the campus resorted to cheap tricks and published posters in ABVP’s name with mala fide intentions. Since ABVP did not back out despite these strong-arm tactics, Left goons in the campus showed their true colour (read as red).

After voting concluded in the evening of 14th September, counting process started around 10:30 pm in School of Languages (SLL). Before the counting starts, Election Commission is supposed to make minimum 3 calls to polling agents of the candidate. According to the Rule 5 (b) of Part 3 of Appendix 1 of JNUSU Constitution, no vote should be counted without the presence of counting agents of candidates. All ballot papers, while being counted, should be displayed to the candidates or a person authorized by the candidates. This rule was highly disregarded by the EC.

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The announcement was made only twice. ABVP representative reached the vote counting centre after the second announcement was made. In spite of this, the authorized ABVP representatives were not let inside the counting centre so that the Left gets a free hand to manipulate the polled votes in the absence of ABVP representatives. For 40 minutes, ABVP representatives kept pleading with the guards to allow them entry into the counting centre. Even after the guards conveyed this to EC, the EC remained adamant about continuing with the counting process in the absence of ABVP representatives.

This resulted in ‘booth capturing’ by the left so as to manipulate the already casted votes.

This may take some of the older (most of them) leftists in the campus down the memory lane when they would do the same in West Bengal, Kerala, and other parts in India. The ‘booth capture’ is not surprising at all because leftists’ fear of losing elections to ABVP could be sensed from the fact that they added another alliance partner. To add to their agony, the voter turnout in SL and SLS, which are strongholds of ABVP, was higher than expected.

While everyone was aware of 4 alliance partners, the 5th one came to the fore on the day of counting — the Election Commission!

Sensing the bias with which the vote counting was being dealt with, ABVP started its protest with the demand to allow their representatives in the vote counting centre. Despite their continuous protests, demands of recounting of the already counted votes fell on deaf ears of the EC. Looking at the support ABVP garnered for their protest, rattled Left parties listened to their basic instinct which would have made their late chairman Mao proud, and launched a brutal physical attack on protesting activists of ABVP. SFI and AISA goons were on the forefront of attacking ABVP activists.

In this attack, many ABVP activists, including were severely injured.

Some of the protesting activists, including National Secretary of ABVP Nidhi Tripathi, had to be admitted in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital

Left, disregarding any gender considerations, tore clothes of a protesting girl.

When Sujal Yadav, an ABVP activist tried to stop Left goons from beating ABVP girl activists, Leftist beat him and broke his hand.

So much for Freedom of Expression and Right to Dissent which the Left keeps preaching about! What they preach and what they practice in reality have nothing to do with each other.

The irony, which has died several deaths at the hands of leftist goons in JNU, died once more today, when the left goons, after bashing up protesting students still claimed that they stand for democracy. It is the travesty of International Democracy Day that in the capital of world’s largest democracy, utter disregard was shown to its core principles of dissent, dialogue and due process. In this manner, democracy in JNU was laid to rest. But what the Left did not realize is what they were burying was not a dead body, but the seeds of democracy which will grow again and thrive.

(This article has been authored by Varada Marathe)

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