NSUI may move court to seek re­count

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The Na­tional Stu­dents’ Union of In­dia (NSUI) sup­port­ers, along with their Delhi Uni­ver­sity Stu­dents Union (DUSU) joint sec­re­tary can­di­date con­tin­ued their protest out­side the Delhi Uni­ver­sity’s griev­ance cell for the sec­ond day, ac­cus­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of not re­spond­ing to their re­quest for a re­count of votes.

DU went to polls to elect their next batch of stu­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Tues­day, and the votes were counted on Wed­nes­day. Av­inash Ya­dav, the NSUI’s joint sec­re­tary can­di­date for the DUSU had lost the seat to ABVP’s Uma Shankar by a mar­gin of 342 votes.

How­ever, Con­gress’ stu­dent wing, NSUI, had cried foul and asked for a re­count of the votes but the elec­tion com­mit­tee de­clined their re­quest. They then ap­proached the griev­ance cell on Wed­nes­day, and sub­mit­ted a writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tion ask­ing for the re­count.

“We have given our com­plaint to the griev­ance cell. They had told us they would re­spond by 4pm on Thurs­day, but we have not heard any­thing yet (by 7pm on Thurs­day). Now it looks like they will only re­spond on Fri­day,” said Neeraj Mishra, the na­tional me­dia in­charge of NSUI.

The NSUI plans to move court, if the griev­ance cell does not give a favourable de­ci­sion. “We can only ap­proach court af­ter the griev­ance cell gives it de­ci­sion, so we have to wait,” said Ruchi Gupta, the na­tional in­charge of NSUI.

The chief elec­tion of­fi­cer, SB Bab­bar said that the griev­ance cell had re­quested for their com­ments, and are ex­pected to meet on Fri­day to de­lib­er­ate be­fore pos­si­bly reach­ing a de­ci­sion.

The NSUI had bagged the president and vice-president posts of the DUSU this year, claim­ing the top­most post af­ter five years.

The last time an NSUI can­di­date had won the post was in 2012. ABVP in turn claimed the sec­re­tary and joint sec­re­tary posts, cre­at­ing a frac­tured man­date for the first time in re­cent DU his­tory.

SUSHIL KU­MAR/HT PHOTO

NSUI’s win­ning can­di­dates in North Cam­pus.

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