DUSU elections begin today, ABVP expected to reap benefitsSeptember 12, 2014
Today is a big day for the various student groups in Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University as DUSU elections begin today. Over one lakh students are eligible to vote to elect new members of the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU).
In DU, the main agenda was hostel accommodation, issues of the northeast, while all organizations tried to take credit of scrapping the controversial four year undergraduate programme.
The polling that started at 8.30am will end at 3pm for the day colleges. The polling for evening colleges will be from 3pm to 7pm. The eligible voters from 50 colleges of the varsity will elect the Delhi University Students Union's (DUSU) president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary. There are seven candidates in the fray for the post of president, 32 for the post of vice president, 41 for secretary and 34 for the post of joint secretary. The results of the polls will be declared on Saturday.
In DU, All India Students' Association (AISA) is looking forward to spring a few surprises, even Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) seems confident of making a clean sweep.
With Congress leaders coming out in open to boost National Students' Union of India's chances, the students' group is desperate for a comeback, though throughout its entire canvassing period its candidates for the posts of president and vice-president faced allegations regarding their admission to the university. JNU polls, too, are interestingly poised as for once all left groups are fighting a tough battle.
Whatever is the outcome on September 13 in the DUSU polls and September 15 in the JNUSU polls, after a long time both campuses are expected to witness an interesting contest.
At DU, till the last minute of campaigning, ABVP and NSUI continued their accusation against one another. While AISA is already threatening to push NSUI to third position this year, after a convincing show last year, what could make things tougher for NSUI is the notice to the president candidate Gaurav Tushir regarding his admission. Its vice-president candidate Mona Chaudhary's admission to law faculty is also under scanner.
Meanwhile, banking on its success in the anti-FYUP struggle, AISA is expected to improve its performance. If it manages to win even a single central panel post it will be historic. Last year, AISA managed to expand its base from 16 colleges to 45.
But it is ABVP which, even rivals feel, are on the strongest wicket also this year. Its anti-FYUP stand and increasing contact programmes in colleges are expected to reap benefits. However, it will be interesting to see if it can really make a clean sweep which DU hasn't witnessed in over a decade.
In the last election, ABVP had bagged the post of president, vice president and joint secretary, while the NSUI won the post of secretary.