It had been a 18-year-long wait for the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Paris-had (ABVP). When counting in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls drew to a close on Saturday, the score card was reminiscent of the recent Lok Sabha results in the capital. The Congress’s National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) 0, ABVP 4.
Bettering its performance from last year, when it had won three of the four seats, the ABVP won posts of president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary.
The last time the party won all four seats was 18 years ago — in 1997.
Mohit Nagar was elected president of DUSU while Parvesh Malik won the vice-president’s post. Kanika Shekhawat and Ashutosh Mathur were elected secretary and joint secretary, respectively.
Nagar polled 20,718 votes to defeat Gaurav Tushir of NSUI by a margin of 914 votes. Tushir polled 19,804 votes.
Parvesh Malik, who polled 21,935 votes, defeated NSUI candidate Mona Chodhary by 7,859 votes. Kanika Shekhawat defeated NSUI’s Amit Sidhu Teema by 3,022 votes. Shekhawat polled 18,671 votes while Teema polled 15,649 votes.
ABVP joint secretary candidate Ashutosh Mathur polled 23,133 votes while NSUI’s Abhishek Choudhary got only 12,065 votes. Mathur defeated Choudhary by 11,068 votes, which is the highest margin this election.
Though the ultra-Left AISA only came third, it managed to better its performance over last year, with an increased voteshare.
“The entire country is witnessing a wave of change. It started with the Delhi Assembly elections last year. First Delhi became Congress-free, now Delhi University is Congress-free,” ABVP state secretary Saket Bahuguna said.
Elaborating on reasons for the party’s victory, he said, “The main reason for our thumping victory was that under the leadership of the ABVP, the DUSU was able to effect changes in the university, including rollback of the four-year undergraduate programme.
We went to the students with our achievements, they saw what we did and voted us back to power, this time with more confidence.”