Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) an outfit affiliated to the RSS, swept the polls and won President, Vice President and Secretary in the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) election.
Congress backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) won the position of Joint Secretary.
While ABVP’s Amit Tanwar won the President’s seat, Priyanka Chabri was elected Vice President. Ankit Sangwan, also of the ABVP won the Secretary post.
The NSUI’s Mohit Garid won the Joint Secretary seat.
ABVP had won all four seats last year. The student’s wing of the AAP did not contest the elections this year.
Students Federation of India (SFI) and All India Students Association (AISA) —two major Left parties had formed an alliance against the main opposition, BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). They made a clean sweep of JNU.
The Elections to Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) were held in two phases on Friday morning in the two Universities of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) . There were long voting queues from 3 PM to 7 PM.
More than 36 per cent of students, a total of 1,23,246 voters exercised their franchise at 117 booths in 51 colleges. The voting percentage recorded a dip of over 7 per cent from last year’s overall turnout which was 43.3 per cent.
The votes were cast through ballot papers, while Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were used in Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) elections.
DUSU is the representative body of the students from most colleges, other than which individual colleges also have their students’ councils.
The representatives were elected from 17 candidates of ABVP, AISA and NSUI. While 7 candidates contested for the post of President, 4 nominations had been validated for the post of Vice-President.
In the wake of the February 9 incident, the interest in the elections this time has increased, said a student. On February 9, students raised anti-India slogans in the campus.
First time contender this year, Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) has gained popularity among students from minority background, but not enough to win the elections.
Over 17700 votes were cast as NOTA, an option introduced by DU for the first time for its students’ body elections.
The Chief Election Officer for DUSU elections, D S Rawat, said the voting went off peacefully with 35.89 per cent of students casting their vote in the morning leg of polls.
“The polling which was conducted in two phases went off smoothly. The maximum turnout of 91 per cent was recorded at the Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College and the minimum was in Campus Law Centre II at 6.79 per cent,” he said.
In the beginning ABVP was winning all round but two hours into the counting, arch rival NSUI won 33 out of 40 colleges.
This is the third time that ABVP has swept the polls in the DU. Social media hailed the win as a triumph of nationalism.
ABVP has been under severe criticism of late in JNU for ‘saffronisation’ of the campus but the north campus of DU on Saturday actually turned into a riot of saffron colour as the party thumped to victory.
There was euphoria all around as ABVP supporters gather to celebrate their three wins. Dhol beats reverberated across the campus and fire-crackers were burst while students chanted Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Laddoos were distributed by the winning team.
“We have worked very hard on the elections. It is not about simply winning but being with students throughout the year. It has paid off. Students have reposed their faith in us for their third time. We would definitely come up to their expectations,” said vice-president elect Priyanka Chabri whose major focus would be making the campus more secure for girl students and increasing the number of hostels.
In the JNU there was a clean sweep by the Left alliance of AISA and SFI on Saturday. The Left alliance won all the four posts of the central panel. Mohit Kumar Pandey of AlSA is the new JNUSU president.
While former JNUSU president and AISA activist Sucheta De said: “It is a victory of the ideology,” Sangwan of ABVP after his win said: “Nationalism has been our main issue throughout the elections and we will work towards instilling of nationalism in the students.”