The results of the first Delhi University Students’ Union Elections after establishment of BJP led government at the centre are out and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) swept all four seats following in the footsteps of its parent political party.
Mohit Nagar with 20,718 votes, Parvesh Malik with 21,935 votes, Kanika Shekhawat with 18,671 votes and Aashutosh Mathur securing 23,133 votes bagged the posts of President, Vice President, Secretary and Joint Secretary respectively, defeating ABVP’s biggest rival the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) by a few thousand votes. The vote count for the latter being – Presidential candidate(19,804), Vice Presidential candidate(14,076), Secretarial candidate(15,649) and Joint Secretarial candidate(12,065). All India Students’ Association (AISA) with its influential presence during the campaigning season rose to the third position with its candidates for the posts of President, VP, Secretary and Joint Secretary attaining 10,163, 11,944, 12,932 and 9,338 votes respectively.
Total voter turnout for 2014 DUSU election reached 59,423(43.43%) with 1,36,821 eligible voters and votes accumulated from 128 EVMs gathered from 50 polling centers. While last year ABVP managed to win three of the four posts with the secretarial post taken over by NSUI, 2014 has been the first time since 1997 that the party has had a clear sweep over DUSU. The “Modi Wave” seems to have worked its charm yet again, this time at the university level, as admitted by the newly appointed Joint Secretary.