The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on September 13 dedicated its win in the Delhi University Students' Union polls to former Union minister Arun Jaitley, who was the President of the union in the 1970s. BJP-led ABVP won three posts, including that of the President, Vice President and Joint Secretary, while the Congress party-led NSUI (National Students' Union of India) turned out to be the winner of only one post - Secretary.
"We dedicate this win to Arun Jaitley ji. He is not with us, but we have learnt many things from him," Akshit Dahiya, the winner of president post in DUSU elections, said. "Sports will be one of our main agendas. I want the students of Delhi University to participate in 2024 Olympics and also win medals for our country," Dahiya said.
Shivangi Kharwal, who won the post of joint secretary by a margin of 2,914 votes, said the ABVP will focus on the safety of women students. We have raised the issue of women safety. There should be CCTV cameras inside and outside colleges. PCR has to be deployed outside colleges and hostels," Kharwal said. "Our presidential candidate has won by a margin of over 19,000 votes, the highest ever margin in recent times. We have won on three posts. We intend to start 'Mission Sahasi 2.0' to empower women," Monika Chaudhary, national media convenor of ABVP, said.
The Delhi University went to polls on Thursday with a voter turnout recorded at 39.90 per cent. While last year, the election saw a 44.46 per cent voter turnout, this year it was over four notches down. The polling for four positions in Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) ended amid allegations of EVM malfunctioning. Sixteen candidates, including 4 women, were in the fray and 52 polling centres were set up. In 2017, the overall voting percentage was 42.5 per cent while it was 36.9 per cent in 2016. The voter turnout in DUSU polls on Thursday was recorded at 39.90 percent, over four percentage points down from last year's 44.46 per cent.
(Inputs from PTI)