Kolkata: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will be contesting for the first time in Jadavpur University student union elections on Wednesday.
This is also the first time in three years that student union elections are being held at Jadavpur University. In 2017, after violence on campuses across the state during student polls, the education department banned student unions and proposed apolitical student councils instead. But after three years of protests by students, union elections have been reinstated.
The other students groups affiliated to political parties that are contesting the elections are SFI of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), All India Students Association (AISA) of Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Trinamool Chattra Parishad besides All India Democratic Students’ Organisation (AIDSO) and RPF.
ABVP is contesting in nine seats out of 13, that includes candidates in all four seats in the Arts department and all five seats in the Engineering department. It has managed to field a full panel for Arts and Engineering whereas AISA have not been able to do so.