The RSS affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has got three of the top four seats of the centre panel of the Delhi University Students’ Union In DUSU elections on Friday.
The right-wing organization returned their last year’s performance, gaining the posts of president, vice president and joint secretary. Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) resolved for just one, the secretary’s job.
The first trends conferred the ABVP taking a vital lead over the rival companies on three seats after the counting of votes from 45 EVMs. The Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) was in the 2nd spot.
Fewer students had set up to vote in the this year’s In DUSU elections for which polling was held Thursday. The overall polling percentage was recorded at 40%, the chief election officer Ashok Prasad said. “The turnout continued low throughout the day. The political climate of DU has changed — students are not interested in campus politics as much as they used to be. Had the university not conducted the central panel and colleges’ regional panel elections the same day,
the group could have been even lower,” DS Rawat, former chief election officer of DU, told.
Last year, the overall polling rate was 44.5% — the highest in the past 11 years.
There were around 1.44 lakh registered voters across 52 colleges and agencies affiliated to the DU this year. The university used 144 electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the polls on Thursday.
The main parties in the conflict are Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI), RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Left-affiliated All India Students’ Association (AISA). The competition is expected to be mainly within the NSUI and the ABVP.
The counting of votes started some two hours later than the scheduled 8.30 am, as the big screens put up on the campus for live streaming of the counting were not functioning. It is only after one of the displays was made operational then the students allowed the process to begin.