This students’ union poll decides which party would rule Rajasthan

Jaipur: Call it a coincidence, if you will, but for the past 25 years, whichever party’s candidate was elected president of the Rajasthan University Students Union (RUSU), that party emerged victorious in the assembly elections in the state, too.

Assembly elections are due in Rajasthan in November this year and the voting for RUSU elections is over. The results are due to be announced on August 31. Around 10 lakh students from six divisions in the state have exercised their franchise and both the Congress and the BJP are waiting for the outcome with bated breath.

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A candidate’s supporter pleads for votes in RUSU elections last year (File photo)

In 1993, Jitendra Shrimali, the candidate of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) – the student wing of the RSS – was elected president of the RUSU. In assembly elections held in that year, the BJP won and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat became the chief minister.

Since then, the trend continued in 1998, 2003 and 2008. In 2013, Kanram Jat of the ABVP was elected president of the students body and in the elections held a couple of months later, the BJP won and Vasundhararaje Scindia took over as the chief minister.

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