Key Candidates all prepared to fight the big DUSU election battle

Delhi University is all set for car rallies, open house events, street plays and a poster war as leading student unions announced their candidates for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections on Thursday.

Interestingly, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has fielded a woman candidate for the top post of president after a gap of 11 years and its rival Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has skipped a woman candidate for the post of president ninth year in the row.

Sixteen candidates are in the fray for four DUSU posts – president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary, of which only five are women. Elections will be held on September 12. The left ideology student group All India Students’ Association (AISA) has also announced its candidate. AISA also preferred a woman candidate for the president’s post.

However, Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), the student group of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has refrained from elections this time. The RSS-affiliate’s panel of DUSU poll candidates claimed on Thursday that the ABVP will work for a “credible, responsible and student-friendly” union and challenge “anti-national forces” on the Delhi University campus.

The ABVP has fielded Akshit Dahiya for the post of DUSU president, Pradeep Tanwar for the vice-president post, Yogit Rathee for the general secretary post and Shivangi Kherwal for the post of joint secretary. NUSI’s president candidate Chetna Tyagi has been a DUSU executive councillor. NSUI in-charge Ruchi Gupta said, “We are proud that a woman has been named a presidential candidate for the first time since 2011.”

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