1.5 lakh to elect DU student leaders

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 12, 2014 01:04 IST

Students at Delhi University will vote to elect their student leaders on Friday.

Nearly 1.5 lakh voters from different colleges in the university will vote for four positions available on the Delhi University Students’ Union panel.

The candidature of two members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) has come under scrutiny this year with the opposing parties alleging that their admissions in the university are invalid.

An inquiry by the respective colleges is under way in both cases.

However, these are not the only serious allegations that have been levelled this year. Opposing parties have alleged that Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad’s (ABVP) vice presidential candidate has an FIR registered against him and have hence demanded his disqualification.

“We are analyzing all the complaints that we have received. In the case of NSUI candidates, the colleges will have to give us the actual details as they are the ones that admit students. If the admissions are found to be illegitimate, their candidature can be cancelled on Friday and they will no longer be students of the university. The case of an FIR being registered against a candidate is more complicated. The Lyngdoh Committee guidelines clearly mention that a student who is being tried or is convicted has to be disqualified. The trail is pending in the case of the ABVP candidate and we have now sought an opinion from our legal team on the matter,” said chief election officer DS Rawat.

Candidates, however, regularly violate these guidelines in Delhi University, sometimes with impunity every year.

This year alone, 18 showcause notices were filed against various candidates for using printed materials during their campaign.

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