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Candidates fight it out at presidential debate

New Delhi: It was a fiery presidential debate ahead of the JNU 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”. The election to the JNUSU president’s post is scheduled to be held on Friday.
In 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.” “Demonetisation was a failure, there are no jobs as promised and there is a constant attack on higher education,” Balaji said Wednesday night. “The year started with violence of Bhima Koregaon and we recently saw the arrests of activists and academics. This government is employing intimidating tactics. Here V-C is destroying the university, which the students have to reclaim,” he said.
Referring to the SC’sorder that decriminalised homosexuality, Balaji said the “future is rainbow and not saffron”. Lalit Pandey, the candidate of the right wing ABVP, alleged that there were “anti-national” elements present on the campus and promised to “fix” them if voted to the post. The Rashtriya Janata Dal’s student wing has fielded a candidate for the first time in the JNUSU elections. Its 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 JNU and scuttling with its reservation policy. (PTI)

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