Congress backed National Students' Union of India (NSUI) on Wednesday bagged the top two posts of president and vice president in the DUSU polls, dealing a massive blow to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
NSUI's Rocky Tuseed was voted in as the president with a total of 16,299 votes defeating the ABVP's candidate Rajat Chaudhry with 1,590 votes. The NSUI has reportedly claimed that this was just the beginning of "saffron safaya" starting from the DU campus. The ABVP, which has the support of RSS said that its core vote base is intact.
According to reports, this election saw a considerably high number of None of the above (NOTA) votes as 16.5% chose the option while voting for the joint secretary post. NSUI's Kunal Sehrawat became the vice president while Mahamedhaa Nagar and Uma Shankar of ABVP managed to grab the secretary and joint secretary posts.
It comes as a jolt to the ABVP, a party that has dominated DU elections and won at least 3 of the top 4 posts in every election since 2010, except in 2012. "Of course, it is a disappointment to lose two seats.But we have maintained our support base in DU and our votes haven't been reduced.We look forward to working together on student issues with NSUI in DUSU as they have come on an equal platform. We lost the two other two posts narrowly," Saket Bahuguna, national media convener of ABVP was quoted as saying by a national news paper.
NSUI's vote share for the president's post went up from 24.7% last year to 29.8% this year. However, the party managed to win the vice president post just by a margin of 175 votes. Meanwhile, Congress party hailed NSUI's win and said that it is the reflection of the changing atmosphere in the country.