New Delhi: BJP-RSS’s student outfit Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) maintained its dominance in the Delhi University students’ union (DUSU) polls this year, bagging three seats including that of president. Congress’s National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) made a comeback by winning the joint secretary’s post in the results announced today.
Amit Tanwar is the new DUSU president while, ABVP’s Priyanka and Ankit Singh Sangwan have been elected as vice president and secretary, according to the chief election officer for DUSU elections, D.S. Rawat.
NSUI candidate Mohit Garid won the joint secretary’s seat. Last year and the year before that, ABVP won all four seats in the DUSU polls.
AAP’s Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, which was defeated last year in its debut, did not contest the polls this year.
NOTA votes were introduced for the first time in DUSU polls this year, and exercised by 17,712 students – a significant number.
In the keenly contested president’s post, Tanwar got 16,357 votes, defeating NSUI candidate Nikhil Yadav by a margin of 4,680 votes, Rawat said.
Priyanka, who is the lone girl in the elected panel, obtained 15,592 votes. She defeated her closest rival by a margin of 2,455 votes votes.
Sangwan, who won the secretary’s post, got 15,518 votes. He won by a margin of 1,383 votes.
NSUI’s winning candidate Garid garnered the maximum votes in the elected panel, at 16,526 votes, winning the seat by a margin of 2,466 votes.
The DUSU polls were held yesterday in two phases for electing representatives from 17 candidates of ABVP, All India Students’ Association and NSUI.
While seven candidates were in the race for the post of president, four nominations were validated for the post of vice-president
Over 36% out of a total of 1,23,246 voters had cast their votes at 117 booths in 51 colleges.
Celebrations broke out with supporters of the winning candidates dancing to the drumbeats and distributing sweets outside the counting centre.
The winners were garlanded and procession were taken out by ABVP supporters who paid tributes at Swami Vivekanand’s statue in the arts faculty of the university.