DUSU Elections: ABVP Sweeps Polls Winning Top 3 Positions & NSUI 1 post

AHEAD of assembly poll in Delhi, the BJP backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad –ABVP- has emphatically won three of the top four positions in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) election. NSUI, the Students’ wing of INC, has bagged the remaining   one position. APVP has fielded Akshit Dahiya for the post of DUSU president, Pradeep Tanwar for the vice president, Yogit Rathee for the general secretary and Shivangi Kherwal for the post of joint secretary. NSUI has fielded Chetna Tyagi as President, Ankit Bharti for the vice president’s post, Ashish Lamba for the secretary’s post and Abhishek Chaprana for the post of joint secretary. The ABVP has won three posts, including that of the president while NSUI bagged the secretary’s post. Celebrations broke out outside the counting centre in Kingsway Camp with supporters dancing to ‘dhol’ beats and rose petals being showered on the winners. The winners wearing garlands then proceeded to the varsity’s Arts Faculty, From where they took out a victory march. Ashwit Dahiya of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) defeated National Students Union of India (NSUI)’s Chetna Tyagi for the president’s post by a margin of over 19,000 votes. The posts of vice president and joint secretary were won by ABVP’s Pradeep Tanwar and Shivangi Kharwal by a margin of 8,574 and 2,914 votes, respectively.NSUI bagged the secretary’s post with its candidate Ashish Lamba defeating ABVP’s Yogi Rathee by a margin of 2,053 votes. “ABVP fielded Yogi Rathee who was college president of Ramjas College when the violence took place in 2017. The students have given a clear mandate against violence,” NSUI’s Akshay Lakra said. The voter turnout in DUSU polls on Thursday was recorded at 39.90 per cent, over four percentage points down over last year. Last year, the election saw a 44.46 per cent voters turnout. Sixteen candidates, including four women, were in the fray and 52 polling centers were set up. Over 1.3 lakh students were eligible to cast their vote. As many as 144 EVMs were used for students’ union polls and 137 were used for college union polls. The Left-backed All India Students Association (AISA) expressed happiness over improvement in their vote share. “Our Joint Secretary candidate Chetna got over 10,000 votes. The party’s vote share has improved since last year. We are happy about it,” said an AISA functionary.

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