JNUSU polls 2018: Candidates fight it out at presidential debate

JNUSU polls 2018: Candidates fight it out at presidential debate

NEW DELHI: It was a fiery presidential debate ahead of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls, with candidates alleging that “anti-national” elements were present on the institute’s campus and the country was turning into “lynchistan”.nnThe election to the JNUSU president’s post is scheduled to be held on Friday.nnIn his speech, United-left panel candidate N Sai Balaji, a frontrunner for the top post, said, “Mobs are allowed to kill people and get away with it as they have the backing of the RSS and the central government, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The country has been turned into lynchistan.”nn”Demonetisation was a failure, there are no jobs as promised and there is a constant attack on higher education,” Balaji said Wednesday night.nnLalit Pandey, the candidate of the BJP’s student wing ABVP, alleged that there were “anti-national” elements present on the campus and promised to “fix” them if voted to the post.nnThe Rashtriya Janata Dal’s student wing has fielded a candidate for the first time in the JNUSU elections.nnIts candidate Jayant Kumar much like the Congress-affiliated NSUI’s nominee, Vikas Yadav, attacked the Centre over reducing funding for higher education, and lowering the number of seats at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and scuttling with its reservation policy.nnThe Birsa Ambedkar Phule Student Association’s presidential candidate, Thallapelli Praveen, said his party represents the voice of students from oppressed classes on the campus.nnPraveen asked students to think beyond the left and right binary.nnBesides routine campaigning, candidates in the JNUSU polls are supposed to give speeches about their agenda at the presidential debate, which is followed by a round of questions.nnThe event was conducted on the lines of the US Presidential debate and is a sought after affair.nnThe JNUSU debate is a deciding factor for the union elections.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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