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The Sabarmati Hostel elections in JNU campus were chaotic [Photo Essay]

Posted in JNU by Vik on October 16, 2009

Yesterday night utter chaos prevailed during the Sabarmati Hostel elections 15 October 2009 in the JNU campus. The issue was that the Second Roommate and Third Roommates [called SR, TR in JNU lingo] were not allowed to vote in the elections.

The students vehemently objected to the denial of franchise to the SR, TR residents because it has never happened in the JNU campus that SR, TRs have been prevented from voting in elections.  SR, TRs have also become hostel presidents.

The students united put up a collective voice against it and the contestants refused to recognise the electoral process by declining to send their counting agents. However in the melee and confusion that followed, two presidential contestants [Rashi Anand and Dinesh] did send their counting agents inside and the wardens initiated the process of vote count. Aniruddha Kumar, the third presidential contestant declared that he refuses to recognize this election. Students immediately signed an  application addressed to the wardens calling for cancellation of the elections. Later Rashi Anand also agreed to withdraw her counting agent and boycott the elections but her counting agent Devadeep Chowdhury later said he was “prevented by the wardens” from leaving the premise!

The authorities did declare the result and Mr. Anirudhha Kumar got 62 votes, Rashi Anand got 58 votes while Dinesh Kumar got 39 votes.  At the time of writing this report, the students are set to call a general body meeting [GBM] for a complete post-mortem of the matter.

Also see Sabarmati hostel elections and photos 2009 [the coverage prior to this event].

Here are photos from the eventful night.

This is what somebody scribbled on the Hindu newspaper cartoon!

Sabarmati Hostel JNU elections 2009  Presidential debate JNU politics

cSabarmati Hostel JNU elections 2009  Presidential debate JNU politics

cSabarmati Hostel JNU elections 2009  Presidential debate JNU politics

Sabarmati Hostel JNU elections 2009  Presidential debate JNU politics

Sabarmati Hostel JNU elections 2009  Presidential debate JNU politics

Sabarmati Hostel JNU elections 2009  Presidential debate JNU politics

cSabarmati Hostel JNU elections 2009  Presidential debate JNU politics

Vijay Pal, the outgoing president [some call him the “free president”] explaining his stand when he was criticised by students [such as Jyoti Bhoi here] over his decision to become a counting agent for Mr. Dinesh when students were boycotting the event.

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cSabarmati Hostel JNU elections 2009  Presidential debate JNU politics

Devadeep, one of the two counting agents, explaining to Asif and others how he was incarcerated by the wardens.

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P.S.: Thanks to Devadeep for reporting an error here [see comments].

Late Edit: 21 October 2009: Some phrases and lines here have been removed/modified.

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  1. […] Also see how the Sabarmati Hostel elections 2009 were chaotic! […]

  2. Devadeep said, on October 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    A little correction: my name is Devadeep Chowdhury, not Mukherjee

    • Vikas Gupta said, on October 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm

      Devadeep,

      Thanks for correcting me. I have made the correction.

      The error is regretted. I had asked your full name from your friend and he was so sure about it! 😦

      Thanks again. 🙂

      • Vikas Gupta said, on October 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm

        Err… correction again: “your friend” is ‘a friend’!

  3. […] on October 28, 2009 These are photos of the GBM held on 25 October 2009 [about 10 PM] after the troubled elections. The resolutions were passed unanimously but some residents raised technical and other issues after […]


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