ABVP girl elected new president of student union; NSUI wrests other positions
The BJP-backed ABVP has wrested the coveted post of DUSU president after a gap of five years
The Congress-backed NSUI had made a clean sweep last year winning all four posts at stake
WINNERS ALL: Nupur Sharma (left) of ABVP celebrates her election as president of the Delhi University Students’ Union on Saturday while the three NSUI winners (right) show up at Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence to seek her blessings.
NEW DELHI: After a gap of five long years, the BJP-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad wrested the coveted post of Delhi University Students’ Union president from the Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India on Saturday with its candidate Nupur Sharma beating her arch-rival Sonia Sapra by 1,739 votes.
The NSUI, however, won the other three posts at stake in the elections: DUSU vice-president, secretary and joint secretary.
After the victory of ABVP’s Nakul Bhardwaj in 2002-03, the NSUI clinched the post of president for five years in a row. Last year it made a clean sweep winning all the four posts at stake. A first year student of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Sonia Sapra polled 8,606 votes this time round against Nupur Sharma’s 10,345. Manohar Nagar of NSUI defeated Vasu Rukhar of ABVP by 848 votes for the post of vice-president. Both Manohar and Vasu are students of the Department of Buddhist Studies.
It was a close race for the post of DUSU secretary. NSUI candidate Amit Choudhary polled 9,381 votes whereas his nearest ABVP rival Anupriya Yadav secured 8,717.
Ashish Gahlot of NSUI scored a comprehensive win over Mukesh Shukla of ABVP, beating him by 3,830 votes to grab the post of joint secretary. Having clinched the DUSU president’s post, the ABVP said it was satisfied with its performance. “It is a big achievement for us. We have won the top post by about 1,800 votes and lost that of vice-president and secretary by a small margin. It proves that there was a mandate against the NSUI. What is significant is that the president is the most important post in DUSU and that has come to us,” said ABVP’s Atif Rasheed.
“We feel there was some kind of conspiracy in the way we lost the posts of vice-president and secretary. We have demanded that the electronic voting machines used in the polls be shown to us,” he added.
On the other hand, the NSUI maintained that its majority in the central panel was a triumph of its ideology. “The victory of our three candidates bears testimony to the fact that we have all worked hard in the past one year. Their success is also the result of the activities and achievements of DUSU in the last term,” claimed outgoing DUSU president Amrita Bahri.
The NSUI winning troika later called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi to seek their “blessings”. The newly elected DUSU president Nupur, who is a student of Law Centre-I, said students’ welfare would be her top priority.
“The idea behind DUSU is that students should have some representatives who can address their problems. My priority is to work for students and not impose my ideas on them. DUSU is being run as a commercial centre for the past five years and my aim is to change that,” she said.
Asked how she would work with the other office-bearers who are all from NSUI, Nupur said: “Our ideologies may be different, but our goal is common, which is students’ welfare. That’s how I look at it and I hope it is their perspective too.”