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NSUI wins top posts in DU, deals a blow to ABVP
BY RESMI SIVARAM September 14, 2017
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New Delhi: After its crushing at the hands of leftist students unions at the Jawaharlal Nehru University last week, the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) suffered a loss at the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections on Wednesday, losing the posts of president and vice-president to the Congress-aligned National Students’ Union of India (NSUI). The ABVP had won these two posts plus that of secretary and joint secretary as well as last year.

The Congress claimed it had in fact won the joint secretary post also and challenged the result, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah had pressured authorities to alter the result.

The Congress has decided to seek judicial remedy.

The NSUI had much to cheer anyway, as it snatched the top two posts from ABVP which had held it in the past year. This was a morale-booster for the Congress party itself, which had been badly mauled in all Delhi elections since it lost power in 2014. ABVP won the posts of secretary and joint secretary, according to a delayed official announcement.

NSUI’s Rocky Tuseed wrested the president’s post and Kunal Sehrawat was elected vice-president. Congress leaders hailed the victory, calling it a triumph of liberal values and wake up call for Narendra Modi. The BJP tried to put up a brave face, arguing that it does not see the defeat in two DUSU posts as an indicator of the party’s popularity plunge.

Rocky Tuseed got a margin of 1,590 votes, while Kunal Sehrawat had a 175-vote win. ABVP’s Mahamedha Nagar defeated NSUI’s Minakshi Meena by 2,624 votes to win the post of secretary. In the joint secretary contest, Uma Shankar defeated NSUI’s Avinash Yadav by 342 votes.

Tuseed faces a court case to get his election confirmed. His nomination was rejected by the Delhi University chief election officer on grounds of disciplinary action on Sept.6. Tuseed, a student of MA (Buddhist Studies), challenged the decision in the Delhi High Court. The court allowed him to contest, but a hearing is set for Sept.28. His election to the post of president is still provisional.

Rahul Gandhi held up the result as a sign that younger people, especially students, are once again warming up to the party.

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