Congress sweeps Delhi University students union elections

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 16:31 hrs

New Delhi: Congress's student wing NSUI today wrested control of the Delhi University's students union, defeating BJP-affiliated ABVP on almost all panel seats amid ruckus on the campus and allegations of abuse and irregularities.

High drama overshadowed the announcement of the election results with the ABVP cadre refusing to accept the result, terming it "planned" and smelling a conspiracy.

As results were announced declaring the NSUI candidates victorious on the posts of president, vice president and secretary, with a tie between ABVP and NSUI joint secretary candidates, the activists of the losing side started shouting slogans against the Congress government.

They broke through the barricades and climbed gates of the election office, prompting police to crack down on them. Several people, including two candidates, were injured in the police action.

NSUI's Arun Hooda defeated his nearest rival Ankit Dhananjoy Choudhary of ABVP by a margin of 5,465 votes in the contest for the post of president. Hooda polled 17,621 votes against Choudhary's 12,156.

It is after a gap of two years that NSUI has managed to get majority of the seats on the DUSU panel. In the last two years, ABVP rode on an anti-corruption and anti-inflation plank to win a majority of seats in the prestigious election.

While NSUI's spokesperson Amrish Pandey termed it a "wipeout of the saffron force", ABVP's state secretary Rohit Chahal charged that the results were crafted in favour of Congress's student wing.

"This was all done with planning. They wanted to ensure that NSUI wins. What were Congress MPs Deepender Hooda and Bhupender Hooda doing in the campus early in the morning?" asked a disgruntled Chahal.

The other candidates that turned out victorious were NSUI's Varun Khari who won 17,848 votes to defeat ABVP's Gaurav Chaudhary by a margin of 4,475.

Varun Choudhry, who won by a margin of 2,617 votes, is the new DUSU Secretary. He polled 15,605 votes against his ABVP rival Ritu Rana's 12,988.

"This is a clear wipe out of the saffron force from the campus. See how they are behaving after defeat," said Pandey as ABVP activists shouted slogans and clashed with police.

The election for joint secretary was declared a tie between NSUI's Raveena Choudhary and ABVP's Vishu Basoya, and it was not immediately clear as to who will be adjudged the holder of the post.

While some said the younger candidate is declared a winner in such circumstances, the ABVP demanded that a recount is done in front of the candidates.

"The machines were not shown to the candidates at the counting centre. We want re-count of all seats," Chahal said. 

While NSUI spokesperson Amrish Pandey called the results a "wipe out of saffron forces" in Delhi University, ABVP activists alleged Congress wrested control of DUSU through "abuse of power".

Even before the results were officially announced by the university, ABVP activists were on their toes creating ruckus and shouting slogans.

When the results were announced, the activists went on a ruckus, shouting slogans and breaking barricades.

Police had tough time controlling the students and had to use force against the agitators who also went inside the library building.

ABVP activists alleged some of their cadres and candidates were injured in the police action.

A total of 38 candidates, affiliated to different political parties, were in fray the posts of president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary.

During the campaign trail, ABVP had sought to corner NSUI by criticising the Congress-led state and central governments and raising an anti-corruption plank.

Besides the usual issues of opening of more colleges, starting of evening classes in more colleges, and free bus passes and discount in Metro fares, topical issues like concerns of sportspersons and students from the Northeast found their way in the election manifestos of the two main student groups this year.

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