The elections to Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), a representative body of the students from most colleges and university faculty, will be held on Tomorrow.
The counting of votes will be conducted on September 13 at the Community Hall at the Police Lines in Delhi’s Kingsway Camp, a day after the elections. The DUSU elections are held in August-September every year by direct voting by the students of the Delhi University and member colleges.
Key players of DUSU elections
As many as 12 contenders from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and All India Students Association (AISA) are in the race for the post of president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary in the students’ union.
The prominent candidates who are in the fray for the post of DUSU president include Akshit Dahiya of the RSS-backed ABVP and Chetna Tyagi of NSUI, a student wing of the Congress party. Left-affiliated AISA has nominated Damini Kain against Dahiya and Tyagi.
For the vice-president’s post, ABVP has pitted Pradeep Tanwar against NSUI’s Ankit Bharti.
The ABVP has fielded Yogit Rathee for the post of general secretary while NSUI has nominated Ashish Lamba.
ABVP’s Shivangi Kherwal will fight against Abhishek Chaprana of the NSUI for the post of joint secretary.
Winners of last year’s DUSU polls
The previous DUSU elections were held in September 2018. In the last elections, the ABVP had bagged three posts, including that of the president, while the NSUI had managed to win only one seat
ABVP’s Ankiv Baisoya won the post of the president with a margin of 1,744 votes while Shakti Singh bagged the vice-president’s post with a margin of 7,673 votes.
Akash Choudhary of NSUI won the general secretary’s post while ABVP’s Jyoti Choudhary was declared the joint secretary post, news agency PTI reported.
Baisoya had received 20,467 votes while his rival NSUI’s Sunny Chhillar got 18,723 votes. Shakti Singh received 23,046 votes against NSUI candidate Leena’s 15373 votes.
DUSU office bearers 2018-2019
Currently, Shakti Singh of the ABVP is holding the post of DUSU president. He was promoted from the post of vice-president in January this year, replacing Baisoya.
Baisoya of ABVP, who won the DUSU presidential post in 2018 polls, was removed from the post for furnishing a fake bachelor’s degree to get admission in the university.
Controversy over EVMs in 2018 DUSU polls
In the last year’s DUSU elections, counting was suspended for a few hours over allegations of faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs).
NSUI’s winning candidate Chaudhary alleged that data of seven EVMs were missing, adding the elections were not conducted fairly. The Congress’ student wing demanded fresh polling. However, counting was later resumed.