The Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) won a landslide victory in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) polls despite rival ABVP's poll agenda that centred on the alleged failures of the party-led UPA government at the Centre.
NSUI's Aroon Hooda, Varun Khari and Varun Choudhary defeated ABVP's Ankit Choudhary, Gaurav Choudhary and Ritu Rana for the posts of president, vice-president and secretary, respectively.
Since there was a tie between NSUI's Raveena Chaudhary and ABVP's Vishu Basoya for the post of joint secretary, the result would now be decided by a lottery.
"Since both the candidates have failed to request a recount. We will decide the result by a draw of lots in the presence of both the candidates,," said Satish Kumar, chief returning officer, DUSU.
"This is a great moment for us. Our sole aim now is to work with renewed enthusiasm for the students," said Aroon Hooda. The last time the NSUI did better than the ABVP was in 2007, when it had won the top three posts while the ABVP could only win the joint secretary's post. "We know that some officials in the election office are Congress supporters and it is possible that the results are rigged. We want an inquiry," said Rohit Chahal, state secretary, ABVP.
Winners meet Sonia, Rahul and Sheila
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday congratulated the victorious NSUI candidates and said the election outcome reflected people's support for Congress. "This landslide victory establishes that Congress and its ideology are dear to the youth of the capital," she said.Dikshit asked all the winners to work for betterment of the students in Delhi University when they called on her. Dikshit also accompanied the winners when they called on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi. - HTC