NSUI MAKES EM­PHATIC COME­BACK IN DUSU POLLS

The Congress-af­fil­i­ated stu­dents' out­fit bagged the posts of pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent, while ABVP won the post of sec­re­tary and joint-sec­re­tary

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NEW DELHI: Cel­e­bra­tions broke out at the Congress head­quar­ters here on Wednesday af­ter its stu­dent wing Na­tional Stu­dents Union of In­dia (NSUI) recorded a re­mark­able win in the Delhi Univer­sity Stu­dents' Union Elec­tions, bag­ging the posts of pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent, two of the four cru­cial posts.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-af­fil­i­ated Akhil Bhar­tiya Vid­yarthi Par­ishad (ABVP), mean­while, won the re­main­ing two seats posts of joint sec­re­tary and gen­eral sec­re­tary.

NSUI'S Rocky Tusseed will be the new DUSU pres­i­dent and Kunal Sehrawat the vice-pres­i­dent. ABVP'S Ma­hamed­haa Na­gar and Uma Shankar won the posts of sec­re­tary and joint sec­re­tary, re­spec­tively.

Tusseed was al­lowed to con­test the DUSU polls only last week, af­ter the Delhi High Court set aside an or­der passed by the var­sity's Chief Elec­tion Of­fi­cer to scrap Tusseed's can­di­da­ture.

The im­por­tance of the DUSU polls for the Congress can be gauged by the fact that the party had ap­pointed se­nior leader and ad­vo­cate P Chi­dambaram to rep­re­sent Tusseed in the case.

Mean­while, NSUI has de­manded re­count­ing of votes for the joint sec­re­tary post, which it claims its can­di­date had won.

Tusseed won the pres­i­dent's post with 16,299 votes, while Sehrawat se­cured 16,431 votes to be­come vice-pres­i­dent.

On her way to be­come sec­re­tary, Na­gar won 17,156 votes, while Uma Shankar got 16,691 votes to be­come joint sec­re­tary.

ABVP'S pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ra­jat Choud­hary got 14,709 votes, and its vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Paarth Rana se­cured 16,256 votes. Mi­nakshi, NSUI'S sec­re­tary can­di­date, got 14,532 votes, while joint sec­re­tary can­di­date Av­inash got 16,349 votes.

In a close con­test, ABVP was in a de­fin­i­tive lead till six rounds. The tide, how­ever, be­gan to shift to­wards NSUI and af­ter 13 rounds it was a 2-2 con­test.

By the last minute of count­ing, ABVP could only hold on to the posts of sec­re­tary and joint sec­re­tary, while NSUI emerged the big­ger win­ners.

This is the first time NSUI has se­cured a DUSU post af­ter 2012.

An­other high­light of Wednesday's verdict was the in­cli­na­tion of stu­dents to­wards NOTA (none of the above) op­tion. Over 29,000 stu­dents went with the NOTA op­tion.

With 9,028 votes, NOTA was the third most-voted op­tion for the polling for the joint sec­re­tary's post.

Ac­cord­ing to reports, far flung col­leges recorded a poor vot­ing per­cent­age, while on-cam­pus col­leges had a health­ier voter turnout.

While Hindu Col­lege with 65 per cent recorded the high­est turnout, Aryab­hatta Col­lege was among the low­est with 14 per cent turnout.

DUSU Chief Elec­tion Of­fi­cer had made a spe­cial ap­peal ask­ing stu­dents to vote in the elec­tions. Ac­cord­ing to DU, of the 1,02,624 vot­ers in the 40-odd DUSU af­fil­i­ated morn­ing col­leges, 46,504 stu­dents turned up to cast their votes in the elec­tion on Tues­day

This year, voter turnout in­creased by al­most 10 per cent com­pared to last year.

Started in 1954, stu­dents from 50 of 77 Delhi Univer­sity col­leges vote to elect of­fice bear­ers to the po­si­tions of pres­i­dent, vice-pres­i­dent, sec­re­tary and joint sec­re­tary.

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(Left) Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi with NSUI'S win­ning can­di­dates Rocky Tusseed, left, and Kunal Sehrawat, right; (right) NSUI'S win­ning can­di­dates flash the vic­tory sym­bol on Wednesday

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