NSUI’s Satvir Chaudhary won the president’s post in the Rajasthan University students’ union elections that were held amid tight security in the state capital on Wednesday.
Chaudhary defeated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyrathi Parishad’s Raj Kumar Biwal with a margin of 2,573 votes and was declared as the next president of RU in the evening, triggering celebrations from his supporters.
The ABVP, however, clinched two posts as Abhishek Meena won the post of general secretary and Bulbul Pathak the post of vice president. Another NSUI candidate Anjali Yadav won the post of joint secretary.
Satvir Chaudhary, a third year student of Rajasthani language, has been a member of National Students Union of India (NSUI) for the past five years. He had been trying for the president’s post for the past three years and had even threatened self-immolation when he was denied a ticket by his party during the last year’s RUSU polls.
This is the second consecutive victory for the NSUI for president’s post with Anil Chopra being elected in 2014.
According to sources, it was his "jat voter base" that was crucial in deciding the fate of elections. The university saw a triangular contest for president’s post between Chaudhary, Biwal and NSUI rebel Ajay Kawan.
“The students of Rajasthan University have put immense faith in me by electing me as president. I will not let them down. From this day, every problem of a common student will be taken care of. I would like to thank my party for this opportunity," said Chaudhary after his win.
Earlier, polling commenced at the university campus and affiliated colleges from 8am amid heavy police security and constant patrolling by the university officials. Entry of outsiders and vehicles was prohibited in the campus as students were frisked by the university staff at the main gate. The polling ended at 1 pm in a peaceful manner with no reports of clashes or violence.
“No incidents of violence or breach of Lyngdoh’s recommendations were seen. The polling percentage was 51%," said Mohan Singh Poonia, chief proctor, RU.