Alliance for Social Justice sweeps UoH student elections

After Delhi and Rajasthan ABVP loses Hyderabad University student union polls

The result of the vice president's election was held due to some dispute and it will be announced on Monday.

The general secretary post was won by Arif Ahammed (ASJ) and the joint secretary post was won by Muhammed Ashique.

The winning alliance included the Students Federation of India, Ambedkar Students Association, Democratic Students Union and Tribal students union. ABVP candidate Karan Palsaniya came second with 1348 votes while NSUI candidate Anju Rao G polled 872 votes. However, the results for this post were withheld by the election grievance committee as the victor had some attendance related issues.

ASJ candidates also won the posts of GS-Cash (Integrated), GS-Cash (PG) and GS-Cash (Research).

For the post of vice-president, Lunavath Naresh from the Tribal Students' Forum defeated ABVP candidate Apoorva by a margin of 261 votes. Lolam Shravan Kumar won the sports secretary post.

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The elections saw a turnout of 75%, with a total of 3846 votes being cast.

The setback for the ABVP in Hyderabad Central University has come close on the heel of its defeat in Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University as well as universities in Rajasthan, Assam and Tripura. However, the Commission's final report attributed Vemula's suicide to personal reasons and declared that he wasn't a Dalit - claims that led triggered a resurgence of protests against the University administration, ABVP and BJP by students at the varsity.

What is significant about the results is that the UoH was where research scholar Rohith Vemula had committed suicide a year ago alleging harassment by the University administration at the behest of ABVP activists. The movement had won the solidarity of students and others across the country.

While the ASA said that the SIO is part of the alliance, the SFI opposed the inclusion of the Islamist fundamentalist organisation, insisting that it will not support any candidate the SIO.

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