JNU students election 2024

JNU will conduct its student body elections on March 22, 2024. The results are expected to be declared on March 24, 2024.

JNU student elections 2024 Overview

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) elections are scheduled to take place on March 22. The elections are taking place after a four-year gap. The various candidates for the same are holding campaigns to gather votes. They are making key pledges, including improved infrastructure, more inclusive spaces, and the reinstatement of the Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH). The candidates reflect diverse backgrounds.

Remarks of the presidential candidate for the United Left Alliance

Dhananjay, a Dalit PhD scholar from Gaya district in Bihar, serves as the presidential candidate for the United Left Alliance. It comprises all left-wing parties participating jointly in the elections.

He remarked that for many students from marginalized backgrounds, the burden of paying an additional ₹6,000–₹7,000 per month was overwhelming. The concerns surrounding the four-year undergraduate program and fee increases drew him into student politics.

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Aspirations of the presidential candidate of ABVP

Umesh Chandra Ajmeera is the presidential candidate of the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He comes from a Scheduled Tribe (ST). Umesh originates from a remote village near Warangal in Telangana. He mentioned that he grew up amidst inadequate infrastructure and roads, often crossing rivers to reach school. He also pointed out that at JNU, there are numerous infrastructural issues, adding that the risk of the roof collapsing is a constant concern. The ABVP candidate aims to address what he perceives as “anti-national” sentiments prevalent on the campus.

Concerns of the presidential candidate of the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association

Biswajit Minji serves as the presidential candidate of the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association. He also belongs to the ST community. He originates from a family of farm laborers in West Bengal. Upon joining the campus, he participated in a protest for Rohith Vemula. There, he became increasingly aware of the systematic oppression their communities face. He expressed his aspirations to address the discrimination in the viva examinations, reservation policies in hostels, and hostel infrastructure issues. His association aims to foster a more inclusive campus environment. He wishes that each individual departs the campus with dignity.

Swati Singh’s Journey in Student Politics

Swati Singh comes from Bhagalpur in Bihar. She discovered her passion at a young age. Recalling her school years, she expressed how she was inspired by watching on television how JNU students fought for justice for Nirbhaya in 2012.

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She engaged actively in student politics in 2015. Her determination to establish safe spaces for opposition intensified after the university expelled her in 2023. This followed an alleged altercation with security guards during a protest. Last month, the High Court nullified the expulsion order. She now seeks the joint secretary position, representing the United Left Alliance.


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