The Delhi University Students’ Union election results were declared on Saturday, after a process that witnessed 10 days of hectic and high-pitched campaigning on campus by students’ groups and fiery debates on current issues. But the voting pattern showed very little change from last year.
The Congress-affiliated NSUI, which won all four posts last year, retained three of them, and the ABVP, the students’ wing of the BJP, won one. NSUI’s Amrita Dhawan, of Bharti College, was elected DUSU president. NSUI’s Shashikant and Tarun Tanwar won the posts of secretary and joint-secretary respectively.
Vikas Dahiya was the sole winning candidate for ABVP. He took the vice-president's post with 9,018 votes, beating his nearest rival by 35 votes. A total of 44 candidates contested the elections.
Amrita, who was the vice-president in the last DUSU panel, got 13,161 votes, over 4,000 votes than her nearest rival — ABVP's Gargi Lakhanpal.
NSUI media coordinator Poonam Yadav said the recent Ujjain issue — in which ABVP members were arrested for the death of a professor in a college — went against the rivals. She described the results as a "victory for secular forces on the campus".
"In our second consequent stint in the university, we will try to push for educational loans and scholarships for students, placement services on campus, more hostels and better transportation facilities," she said.
The ABVP said its sole victory "was the beginning of the uprooting of the NSUI from the university".
"Our solitary win has to be seen in the light of the fact that we were not pitched against the NSUI, but the official machinery of the government," Nakul Bhardwaj, ABVP state general secretary, said.
Bhardwaj said his group was now trying to get a good representation in the executive council — to be elected from among central councillors. This will help its man in the panel to effect changes. "DUSU follows a very democratic process. All decisions are supposed to be passed by the central council and then by the executive council. We are working hard to ensure a better representation in these two bodies so that our voice is not ignored," he said.
The ABVP had used the anti-reservation plank this election. It had joined hands with Youth for Equality — the group leading the anti-reservation movement — a few days ago. But that was perhaps not good enough to bag the votes.