The run up to Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections once again turned into an uneasy one.
On Friday, Chief Election Officer Gurmeet Singh extended the last date of nomination to August 25. The announcement was followed by complaints from representatives of both the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyathi Parishad (ABVP). The latter even accused Singh of trying to help NSUI candidates in the process.
“All our 17 candidates filed their nominations today. It seems this decision has been taken to benefit some NSUI candidates. Last year, they brought in the Lyngdoh recommendations at the last moment to disqualify our candidates. This year, it is this. This leaves us with fewer days for campaigning,” said Niharika Sharma, ABVP state general secretary.
Singh said the date was extended to allow more students to participate in the polls.
“We want to ensure maximum participation of students. The late declaration of results had prevented many from doing so. We postponed the last date of nomination to allow those who had earlier failed to seek admission. This step has not been taken to benefit any candidate,” said Singh.
Meanwhile, most of the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations also went unobserved at ABVP’s rally in North Campus. Candidates used vehicles and printed posters for campaigning. The university authorities said they can take action only after the code of conduct comes into effect on August 25.