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DUSU poll candidates issued notices

Six candidates for the Delhi University Students’ Union elections have been issued showcause notices by the Chief Election Officer for violation of the code of conduct.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | New Delhi |
August 28, 2009 11:55:35 pm

Six candidates for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections have been issued showcause notices by the Chief Election Officer for violation of the code of conduct. They have been given time till Friday evening to reply.

“Notices have been issued for large-scale violation of the Supreme Court judgment of September 22,2006,which outlines the code of conduct. These candidates have extensively used printed posters and cars,when both are banned. They also did not get permission from the police for the rallies,during which they were challaned,” said Chief Election Officer Gurmeet Singh.

Three ABVP and two NSUI candidates have been issued showcause notices and a student of Campus Law Centre,Anuradha,has also been issued a notice.

ABVPs presidential candidate Rohit Chahal,secretarial candidate Lalit Kumar and joint secretarial candidate Ashok Khari have been issued notices,while the party’s vice-presidential candidate Kriti Wadhera,who had not expected the candidature,and therefore had not campaigned,did not receive the notice.

Chahal had,however,claimed on Tuesday that he had made the first hand-made posters in Delhi University and denied any knowledge about printed posters bearing his name. “I have consciously stuck to using hand-made posters. The printed ones that appear in my name were not put up by me,” he said.

NSUI presidential candidate Deepak Negi and vice-presidential candidate Umesh Tanwar have been issued notices.

“These posters were put up much before the imposition of the code of conduct and we were planning to remove them tonight,” said NSUI election in-charge Mohd Shahnawaz Choudhary.

Meanwhile,NSUI’s announcement of candidates was held up owing to two court cases that its preferred candidates had to fight. While the forerunner for its presidential candidate Tanu Priya Gupta’s plea for exemption from lack of attendance was turned down,Amandeep Solanki,the forerunner for the post of Joint Secretary won his plea that he was a rightful student of Satyawati College,but could not compete as the Chief Election Officer said that the court directive was for the college and not for the university.

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