[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has won three out of four posts of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU). As many as 1.35 lakh students had voted to decide the fate of 23 candidates in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections. ABVP won the posts of president, vice president and joint secretary. NSUI won the secretary’s post, while third contender, the CYSS-AISA alliance, failed to win even a single seat.
- ABVP’s Ankiv Basoya beat NSUI’s Sunny Chillar by 1,744 votes for the post of president.
- Shakti Singh and Jyoti Choudhary from the ABVP won the vice-president and joint-secretary seats.
- Akash Choudhary won on the secretary seat from the NSUI.
NSUI claimed that their loss was the result of a ‘concerted conspiracy’ to bring them down.
“We did not get votes from seven ballots out of 126 and we demand those votes be counted in,” said Laraib Neyazi, NSUI national coordinator. He accused the ABVP of tampering with the EVMs, adding that the CYSS-AISA alliance was part of the ‘conspiracy’ to defeat NSUI. “ABVP is behind the malfunctioning EVMs. The counting stopped multiple times and the result was postponed. This all was done to defeat us,” Neyazi said, reports News 18.
The elections went off peacefully on Wednesday with a turnout of around 44.46% — slightly more than 43 % recorded last year. But the vote count, which began at 8.30am, went through multiple intermittent halts as election officials cited technical snags in the EVM machines as the reason behind the delay. Election Commission said that the electronic voting machines procured for DUSU elections were are not from EC.
The DUSU and Lok Sabha elections have a coincidental link. On the past five occasions, whichever party won the Students’ Union election, also won the Lok Sabha election the following year. This happened in the Lok Sabha elections that took place a year after the DUSU elections held in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.