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New DUSU president Rocky Tuseed was almost barred from contesting election

Rocky Tuseed won the post of the president in Delhi University Students Union on NSUI ticket. The last time NSUI bagged the president’s post was in 2012. His election to the post of president is still provisional.

delhi Updated: Sep 14, 2017 18:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
DUSU president Rocky Tuseed, a student of MA (Buddhist Studies), later challenged the decision in the Delhi High Court, and got relief.(HT Photo)

There was confusion over his surname -- Tuseed, Tushir, Tuseer, his papers were rejected, had to move court amid campaign to restore his nomination and effectively got just one day to campaign. Rocky Tuseed trumped several challenges to emerge the new DUSU president on Wednesday.

His future is still hanging in the balance as the court is yet to give a final verdict on his petition. The matter will be heard next on September 28.

The Delhi University’ chief election officer had rejected Tuseed’s candidature, citing a disciplinary action that had been taken against him during his undergraduate days at Shivaji College, and he had not made it to the list of presidential candidates released on September 6.

Tuseed’s nomination was reinstated on Friday. He essentially had just Saturday to campaign, as Sunday was a holiday and Monday was a no campaigning day on campus.

A student of MA (Buddhist Studies), Tuseed was represented in the high court by legal heavyweights — P Chidambaram and former additional solicitor general Vivek Tankha.

“Rocky won fair and square and has been given a democratic mandate by the students. No matter the court’s decision, the mandate will remain,” said Ruchi Gupta, the national incharge of the NSUI.

Posters and pamphlets with the names of Rocky “Tushir,” “Tuseer” and even Rocky “Handsome” were seen across the campus in the run up to the elections. Even on polling day, there were vehicles parked outside many colleges and driving through campus, with ‘We love we love Rocky’ from the Akshay Kumar starrer Aflatoon blasting on the stereo.

Some say there was a sympathy wave for Rocky since he was “wronged”.

“Sympathy is not the right word. Students realized he had been treated unfairly. But more importantly Rocky has always been a strong candidate to begin with, and has worked for student’s issues for a long time,” said Gupta.

First Published: Sep 13, 2017 18:09 IST