Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has swept to power in the Delhi University Students' Union elections, bagging three plum positions on the central panel.
The National Students' Union of India (NSUI) seemed to have fallen out of favour with varsity students who elected Aman Awana as president, Utkarsh Chaudhary as vice-president and Raju Rawat as joint secretary. Only Karishma Thakur of the NSUI was elected secretary of the students' union.
Awana won by 17,879 votes, while Chaudhary won by 14,968.
Ecstatic ABVP workers cheered as chief election officer Ashok Vohra declared results of the voting. The party workers then led a procession to the Vivekananda Statue at the Faculty of Arts.
This win - they said - was indicative of the change in the mood among students who wished for change.
"Our victory shows that students have begun to switch their loyalties. They were tired of the fact that promises were made but nothing was delivered. They have realised that it is time to bring in change that leads to betterment," Awana said.
The ABVP claimed that it was their connect with the youth that made the difference.
"We spoke on issues that required urgent attention. After the gang rape on December 16, it was imperative to address the issue of women's security. Women feel insecure at night even on campus and we will make sure that this is tackled," said Raju Rawat, the ABVP candidate who was elected joint secretary.
The NSUI won a landslide victory in last year's polls. Disappointed party workers were critical of the elected ABVP leaders. "The president does not have a clean track record," said Amrishranjan Pandey, NSUI spokesperson.
'Daughter an inspiration'
New Delhi: Aman Awana's election as the Delhi University Students' Union president holds special meaning for the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leader.
His victory has meant pride and jubilation for his wife and six-month-old daughter, who he says inspired the win.
Awana's father is a political figure, but he feels that his daughter inspired him to work harder so that he could emerge victorious in the polls.