New Delhi: Making a stunning comeback in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election, the Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) today won the President and the Vice-President posts, while the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) – which had dominated the union for the last few years – had to contend with the Secretary and Joint Secretary positions.
The main contestants for the DUSU President were the ABVP’s Rajat Choudhary, AISA’s Parul Chauha, independent candidates Raja Choudury and Alka, besides Rocky Tusheed of the NSUI, who has emerged as the winner of the crucial post.
Last year, the RSS-backed ABVP bagged three posts, while the Congress’s NSUI made a comeback, winning the post of the Joint Secretary.
The outgoing DUSU President is ABVP’s Amit Tanwar, with the post under the RSS student wing’s hold since 2014 when Mohit Nagar was elected. He was succeeded by Satender Awana, whose tenure was marked by controversy after he was accused of publicly threatening and beating up faculty members.
A bipolar affair historically, the election this year had seen the rise of another student group, the radical left AISA, which has found many supporters among students after the brawl at Ramjas College in February and turned the usually bilateral contest between the ABVP and NSUI into a multi-cornered fight.
The counting of votes for the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections began today at a community hall near Kingsway Camp in New Delhi amid tight security.
There were 126 ballot boxes for the DUSU panel and eight were taken for counting in each round. An initial indication about a candidate leading for a position can be ascertained only after at least 50 per cent of the votes is counted, said an observer. The process is being video-recorded.
A total of 43 per cent turnout was recorded in the DUSU elections held on Tuesday when students from 51 colleges cast their ballot to choose the four central panel posts of President, Vice-President, Joint Secretary and Secretary in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU).