The NSUI and the ABVP, student wings of the Congress and the RSS respectively, shared honours in the elections to the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU). While the NSUI won the President and Vice-President posts, the ABVP grabbed the Secretary and the Joint Secretary posts. The results are seen as a setback for the ABVP which had swept all four posts in the elections held last year.
NSUI’s candidate Rocky Tuseed has won the President post with 16,299 votes and Kunal Sehrawat has grabbed the position of Vice-President with 16,431 votes. ABVP’s Mahamedha with 17,156 votes grabbed the post of Secretary and Uma Shankar with 16,691 votes won the position of Joint-Secretary.
ABVP’s Rajat and Paarth who were contending for the posts of President and Vice President won 14,709 votes and 16,256 votes. NSUI’s secretarial post candidate Minakshi won 14,532 votes and joint secretarial candidate Avinash won 16,349 votes.
— ANI (@ANI) September 13, 2017
Reacting to the win, NSUI on Twitter said, “A major comeback for us in #DUSU2017, students of DU have given us a huge responsibility to fight for their rights. This mandate is a clear indication that student fraternity have restored their faith in @INCIndia & our beloved leader Sh.@OfficeOfRG. Also this mandate shows that students throughout the country have rejected the poisonous & divisive ideology of RSS. Finally this victory belongs to evry NSUI activist who hv worked tirelessly in DU,specially our mentors
@girishgoa, @guptar &@Fairoz_JK.”
Started in 1954, students from 50 of 77 Delhi University colleges vote to elect office bearers to the positions of president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary.
A total of 43 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the polls held on Tuesday. According to the professors who kept the track of the elections, far flung colleges recorded a poor voting percentage, whereas the on-campus colleges had a healthy voter turnout. While Hindu College with 65 per cent recorded the highest turnout, Aryabhatta College was among the lowest with 14 per cent of turnout. S B Babbar, DUSU Chief Election Officer had made a special appeal asking the students to vote in the elections.