The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Saturday (11th September, 2015) won all four seats in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections. ABVP’s Satinder Awana, Sunny Dedha, Anjali Rana and Chhattarpal Yadav were elected for the posts of president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary respectively.
This is the second time in a row that the ABVP has won all the four positions in the DUSU elections. Celebrations broke out with a bursting of crackers and loud cheering at the counting venue in Kingsway camp as the results were announced. The hashtag #ABVPRocks has been trending on Twitter after the DUSU poll verdict came out.
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Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) came in second in all four seats, while the new entrant in the elections, Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) registered a third position in the Delhi University student union election which was conducted on Friday.
The election which was held in 127 polling centers across 42 campuses had recorded over 43% voter turnout. While DU’s morning colleges had voted between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm, the evening colleges voted between 3 pm and 7 pm. D S Rawat, the chief election commissioner for DUSU polls, claimed that the voting process went smooth and incident-free.
According to Chief Election Officer for DUSU polls, Satinder Awana polled 20,439 votes defeating Pradeep Vijayran of NSUI who polled 14,112 votes for the post of president.
Dedha, a law student defeated CYSS candidate Garima Rana by a margin of 7,570 votes. The margin for the posts of Secretary and Joint Secretary were 4,610 and 6,065 votes.
“CYSS’ efforts were confined to banners only. They were unaware of ground realities. We will remain among the students throughout the year and fulfill our promises,” Awana, the newly-elected president said. “We did not consider them (CYSS) a challenge since they did not talk of real issues, they benefited us in a way,” he added. The campaigning for the election has seen several clashes between the parties and scores of complaints registered at police stations.
The ABVP’s victory in DUSU Polls would be a boost for the BJP after the drubbing it received at the hands of the AAP in the Delhi state elections earlier this year.