The Alliance for Social Justice swept the student union election in University of Hyderabad to form the Students’ Union 2017-18 on Thursday.
Sreerag Poickadan, representing ASJ, won with a margin of 160 votes to become the president.
Banners with Rohith Vemula’s face on it were seen in the campus as the winners and supporters broke into celebrations.
It was a contest between the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) with the support of Other Backward Class Students Association on one side and the Alliance for Social Justice (ASJ) on the other side. The ASJ jointly led by the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) and the Students Federation of India (SFI). Also joining the alliance are organisations like the Dalit Students Union (DSU), the Tribal Students Forum (TSF), the Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV), the Muslim Students Federation (MSF) and the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO), which had aligned with either the SFI or the ASA last year.
Karan Palsaniya, ABVP presidential candidate got 1349 votes, while NSUI candidate Anju Rao won 872 votes.
NSUI did not contest for any other post except for the president.
The elections results were delayed as there was a protest led by TSF against the election commission after it had annulled Lunavath Naresh’s candidature.
ABVP allegedly told the authorities to nullify his candidature, as he lacked attendance, after the ASJ candidate had won.
Though finally the results were announced after hours of discussion, there’s an enquiry pending against his candidature.
GSCASH (Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment) posts were also won by the ASJ.
The election was held on Wednesday.
Last year saw a pitched contest between the Ambedkarite and Left student groups on campus, but this year they decided to come together to trounce the ABVP.
University of Hyderabad Students’ Union Elections 2017-18 final results.
Sreerag P (ASJ)-1509
K Palsania (ABVP+OBCF)-1349
Anju Rao (NSUI)-872
Lunavanth Naresh (ASJ) – 1884
Apoorv Jain (ABVP=OBCF) – 1624.
Arif Ahammed (ASJ)-1982
Kiran Kumar K (ABVP+OBCF)-1573
Muhammed Ashique (ASJ)-1872
Maloth Pooja Rani (ABVP+OBCF)-1591
Gundeti Abhishek (ASJ)-1792
Aarti N Nagpal (ABVP+OBCF)-1707
Lolam Sravan Kumar (ASJ) – 1917,
Rupesh Ranjan (ABVP+OBCF) – 1511