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Do we care for DU polls?

DUSU elections are here . HT City talks to students to find out if they are excited.

entertainment Updated: Aug 29, 2010 01:22 IST
Namya Sinha

No fancy posters, but just plain handmade pamphlets, asking students to join parties. No cavalcades of fancy cars, but just the aspiring student leaders with marigold garlands walking in a hurry towards groups of students, forcing them to shake hands and then asking them to vote for them.

It is time for the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections in DU, and this was the scene in Kirori Mal College, North Campus. Last year, on the voting day, only 37 per cent students turned up. We find out if it’s going to be any different this year.

“I’m looking forward to cast my vote. But the excitement is a little less because my brother’s nomination for the election was cancelled,” says Narender Jakhar, a 2nd year student and the sports secretary of his college. Jakhar is also a boxer and is friends with boxer Vijender Singh.

He says he will rather vote for someone from his community than a ‘pretty face’. “I want my community to rise, and this particular candidate I have thought of, is from my community.” “I really don’t care much about the elections, but I really hate it when they come and shake hands,” says Manisha Arora, a 3rd year student of Atma Ram College, South Campus.

“Imagine touching sweaty hands! Can’t they just talk without getting so touchy?”, she added. Elections for freshers have a novelty factor, but not for their seniors. “In my first year, I was really excited. Now, I don’t care because these leaders don’t do anything.

I will definitely go and vote because it is fun,” says Parijat Pagore, a 2nd year student of Aurobindo College, South Campus. “Since all this is very new for me, I’m will be definitely voting, though I don’t know for whom,” says Avneet Arora, a 1st year student of Hindu College.