Scuffle Erupts Between ABVP and Left-Backed Groups During JNU Campus Meeting

JNU Campus

Late Friday night witnessed a tumultuous scene at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as clashes broke out between the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Left-backed student groups during a meeting regarding the upcoming students’ union polls. The altercation left members from both sides claiming injuries, marking another contentious episode in the history of the renowned institution.

The incident unfolded during the University General Body Meeting (UGBM) at the Sabarmati Dhaba on campus, convened to elect members of the Election Commission for the 2024 JNUSU polls. The Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF), aligned with the Left, accused ABVP members of disrupting the meeting by encroaching upon the dias, heckling council members, and creating a hostile environment for speakers.

Videos circulated on social media platforms depicted scenes of chaos, with ABVP and JNUSU members engaged in heated arguments amid slogans, as university security personnel attempted to restore order.

The DSF issued a statement blaming the ABVP for obstructing the democratic process initiated for the JNUSU election 2024. They also alleged that JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh was attacked and subjected to water being thrown at her during the altercation. However, attempts to obtain a response from Ghosh regarding the incident were unsuccessful.

Conversely, the ABVP accused DSF activists of assaulting their members. They claimed that ABVP-JNU secretary Vikas Patel was attacked, and another student, Prashanto Bagchi, was allegedly thrashed during the altercation. Additionally, ABVP alleged that a differently-abled student, Divyaprakash, was beaten by Left-affiliated students for supporting ABVP.

In a counter-statement, the ABVP shifted the blame onto the Left groups, accusing them of initiating the disruption. They claimed that casteist slurs were directed towards mic and sound workers by JNUSU, leading to their withdrawal from the event. However, ABVP activists persuaded them to continue. The ABVP further alleged that Left-led parties attempted to disturb the UGBM and resorted to physical violence when their tactics failed.

The meeting, intended to facilitate the democratic process of selecting members for the Election Commission, was attended by a significant number of students gathered at the Sabarmati Dhaba to cast their votes.

Earlier in the day, the JNUSU had collected the requisite quorum to commence the UGBM, underscoring the significance of the event within the student body.

Despite the conflicting narratives from both sides, the JNU administration has yet to issue a formal response regarding the incident, leaving the campus community and observers awaiting further developments amidst heightened tensions.

 

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