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No Student Union Elections at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College

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Students from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (DDUC) started a signature campaign against violence and demanded to not have elections this year. As a result, DDUC will not witness students’ union polls this year.

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (DDUC), located in the Dwarka locality of West Delhi, will not witness students’ union polls this year. On Wednesday, 4th September, a college official said that this year there will be no student polls in the college. Wednesday was also the last day of filing the nomination of candidates for the polls. Reportedly, this decision has been taken by the college authorities due to the requests of students made in this regard.

The underlying factor behind this decision can also be attributed to a violent clash between two opposing parties involved in student politics in DDUC this past week.

As reported by India Today, two factions of the college leveled allegations against each other and indulged in violence on the college campus. One faction accused the other of beating up its members, following which the police were informed and asked to take necessary action. In response, female members of the opposing faction alleged that they were manhandled by the members of the group. The official also added that both the factions sat on a protest on the college campus demanding justice. No disciplinary action was taken against any of the accused or miscreants concerning this matter.

Following this, a group of students, who were not from any of the factions, started a signature campaign against violence and demanded that there be no elections, the official said. They submitted a list of the signatories to the administration, following which the disciplinary committee of the college decided to cancel the student union polls altogether.

A student of the college, on the condition of anonymity, was quoted as supporting the move to not conduct student union polls this year, considering the disruption of classes and unwarranted violence on campus that election campaigning entails.

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Bhavya Pandey

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