September 26, 2021

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JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh to Contest West Bengal Elections

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She is a candidate from Jamuria seat.

She is a fighter and will continue her struggle: Aishe’s mother

Aishe Ghosh, the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU), has been fielded by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] to contest the assembly elections in West Bengal.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) or (CPI (M)) is a communist political party in India. It is one of the national parties of India.[5] The party emerged from a split from the Communist Party of India in 1964. The CPI(M) was formed in Calcutta from 31 October to 7 November 1964.

She is the Left-Congress-ISF’s candidate from the Jamuria seat and be supported by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading the farmers’ protest against the three Central farm laws.

Jamuria (Vidhan Sabha constituency) is an assembly constituency in Paschim Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

According to NDTV, she is the first sitting president of JNUSU to contest an assembly election.

Hailing from Durgapur in West Bengal, Ghosh is currently pursuing MPhil/PhD in JNU’s School of International Relations.

Ghosh, a member of Students’ Federation of India became president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union in September 2019. Earlier, she was also elected as councillor for School of International Studies for two terms.

Aishe was the first JNUSU president from SFI after 13 years. Ghosh pursued her bachelors in Political Science from Delhi University. Since her election as JNUSU president, Ghosh led students’protest on issues like fee hike and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Ghosh was one of the targets of the brutal January 5, 2020 attack on students and faculty members at the JNU campus. ‘Masked goons’ had entered the campus and injured several persons, with the image of Ghosh’s bleeding forehead becoming one of the iconic moments of the brutal attack.

Though Ghosh told The Wire that she can identify her attackers, she herself was named as a suspect in the violence by the Delhi police. The police claimed that she had led the mob that attacked students at a hostel. Those who were targets of the violence had blamed the RSS and its student wing ABVP for perpetrating the attack.

Aishe’s parents, Debashish and Sharmistha, have always supported her. While speaking to TOI after attack on her daughter in JNU campus, Aishe’s mother said, “I am proud of my daughter. She is a fighter and will continue her struggle.”

Elections to the 294-member West Bengal assembly will be held in eight phases, with the first phase beginning on March 27. The final round of voting will take place on April 29 and the votes will be counted on May 2.

Apart from the Left parties and the Congress, the Indian Secular Front is also part of the alliance.

Last year, just days after the JNU attack, CPI leader and former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar supported Ghosh to the fullest, saying “A girl from Bengal has done very good work in JNU; Left parties should make her the face of the fight in Bengal.”

The Left parties need to practice what they preach in university agitations and bring in fresh faces in the leadership, he said. He also stated,“stagnation is evident when people of a particular age are seen, and those of another generation are not.”

Kumar himself had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Bihar’s Begusarai, but lost by a significant margin.

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