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NSUI regains DU’s trust, ABVP gets 2 seats

| | New Delhi
NSUI regains DU’s trust, ABVP gets 2 seats

The Congress student wing, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), made a stunning comeback in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections after four years by defeating its arch rival the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)’s Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and bagging the president and vice-president’s posts in the results announced on Wednesday.

The ABVP bagged two seats — joint secretary and general secretary. Last year, the ABVP bagged three posts while the NSUI won the post of joint secretary.

The NSUI said national issues also played a role in garnering votes from the students while the ABVP refused such claims.

“We went to the students and told them facts. We explained about the violence spread by the ABVP and the  anti-student Government strategies... Students have started believing in the NSUI and its vision. The way the Government is attacking autonomy of universities and demonetisation has hit jobs, students have thoughtfully used their vote,” NSUI national president Fairoz Khan told The Pioneer.

He said the NSUI raised both “national issues and issues within DU” to garner votes.

NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed won the president’s post by a margin of 1,590 votes defeating Rajat Chaudhary, while party’s Kunal Sehrawat defeated ABVP candidate Paarth Rana by 175 votes.

The NSUI demanded recounting of votes for the two posts secured by the ABVP. It wrote to the Election Commission on Tuesday. “We won three seats including joint secretary but they (ABVP) have used machinery to save their skin. We will go to court to challenge demand transparency and fairness,” Khan added.

ABVP’s Mahamedha Nagar defeated NSUI’s Minakshi Meena by 2,624 votes to win the post of the secretary, while party’s joint secretary candidate Uma Shankar defeated NSUI’s Avinash Yadav by 342 votes.

“It’s not as bad it’s being portrayed. Of course, it is a setback for us and we are disappointed but we are thankful to our voters that after four years of holding the DUSU office as a majority, we are still on half of the posts,” National media convener of the ABVP told The Pioneer.

He downplayed the success of the NSUI as an “ideological” victory. “If it is an ideological fight we still have a good vote share. Had All India Student’s Association won any seats then things might have been little different,” the ABVP president said and called for “introspection” within the organsation.

However, he blamed the loss to the “electoral lapses” suggesting that the opposition organisations twisted the facts before voters. 

Reactions poured in from all political corners after the results were declared.

The total turnout of voting percentage was 43 per cent.

“The morning colleges of the varsity recorded voter turnout of 45.3 per cent. The consolidated figure was 43 per cent,” said S B Babbar, DUSU Chief Election Officer.



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