ABVP bags all four posts in DUSU polls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2014 02:12 IST

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (ABVP) swept the Delhi University Students' Union elections after 17 years. The last time the party was able to bag all positions - president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary - was in 1997.

The ecstatic party workers credited the 'Modi factor' and the rollback of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) for the emphatic win.

"There is no denying that the Modi factor helped us. This, along with the fact that our party workers have engaged with the students continuously over the last one week on various issues, ensured our victory," said Mohit Nagar, who was elected the DUSU president.

Nagar won by a margin of over 900 votes, getting 20,718 votes in total. The highest winning margin was recorded for the post of Joint Secretary, which was won by Ashutosh Mathur by a margin of 11,068 votes.

The second highest win was for the position of the vice-president, won by Parvesh Malik by a margin of 7,859 votes.

ABVP was anticipating the win after it performed well in the college-level elections where its candidates won at least one position each in 21 colleges.

On Saturday, the counting started at around 8 am and the results were declared by 11.15 am.

ABVP members then proceeded to the Faculty of Arts where they had the customary victory march - winners climbing atop the Vivekananda Statue, shouting slogans and getting photographs clicked.

A customary fight also broke out during the victory march but, ironically, it was between two groups of ABVP itself.

On the winning party's agenda this year is a movement for a safe campus, more colleges and hostels in the university and safe transportation.

"We have been raising the issue of the campus being unsafe for women for a long time now. We will come out with a list of actions that can be taken to make it safer. We are also advocating the building of a campus in east and west Delhi so that interaction with the university becomes easier for the students in these colleges," said Rohit Chahal, national secretary, ABVP.

The party's win may mean more protests against the Delhi University administration, especially the vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh. ABVP was one of the parties that opposed FYUP and was instrumental in its rollback. The party has been demanding that Singh step down from his post.

The student party is also doing better than last year in Jawaharlal Nehru University. 11 candidates that the party supported had won the councillor seats. Counting on others was still on. In the science schools in the university they were ahead in all four panel posts at the time of going to press.

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