The pamphlet had clearly failed to make an impression on Ruchi Tanwar.
On it, in simple running handwriting, was the name and ballot number of one Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) election candidate.
“This looks so boring,” said Tanwar, a student of Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, as she crumpled the piece of paper.
The glamour quotient of DUSU polls is at an all-time low. From glossy printed posters carrying air-brushed faces of candidates to hurriedly painted ones, the change this year is drastic.
And it’s not just student parties that are having a hard time adjusting to this change.
Voters, too, don’t look pleased.
The new (read: simpler) mode of campaigning has been triggered off by the disqualification of several candidates this year over use of printed posters and cars during election rallies, which is banned as per Lyngdoh committee recommendations adopted by DU.
On Monday, DU’s chief election officer announced the ouster of yet another NSUI contestant (Rahul Mathur) on the above-mentioned grounds.
The total number of disqualified candidates—including three of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) each—now stands at seven.
Left with just one candidate each to contest DUSU polls, strong student parties such as ABVP and NSUI are also toeing the line now. So on Wednesday, even as ABVP moved court against the disqualification, it’s vice presidential Kirti Wadhera was seen campaigning at South Campus with hand-painted posters.
NSUI seems to be having a hard time letting go of the habit of flaunting their candidates’ faces. The party has got faces sketched (an interesting, but wrong interpretation of “handmade”) and made hundreds of printed copies of it.
Election expenses, as a result of compliance, will come down drastically as a candidate will only be spending up to Rs 1,000 with handmade posters as against Rs 40,000 approximately for printed posters for the whole campaign period.
DU goes to polls on September 4.
Polls at Stephen’s
St. Stephen’s College elected its own student union head on Monday. Naveen Venna (19), a third year student of Chemistry (Honours) was elected president with 421 votes. He beat his closest competitor Paurush Sharma of B.A. Programme with over 100 votes. St. Stephen’s this year saw an impressive turnout of voters, which was almost 15 per cent higher than last year’s.