NSUI wins DUSU top post, ABVP the rest

ABVP candidates Vikas Yadav, Vikas Chaudhary and Deepak Bansal
Ajay Chhikara of National Students' Union of India (NSUI) was elected as the president of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) while candidates of rival Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won the remaining three seats, ending the DUSU polls on a 'win-win' note of sorts on Saturday.

Both parties however complained of low voter turn out in the one-day polling held on Friday.

Vikas Choudhary, Vikas Yadav and Deepak Bansal, all ABVP candidates, were elected vice-president, secretary and joint-secretary, respectively.

Chhikara, a final-year law student at the University polled 11, 164 of the 30, 859 votes polled in the presidential election, beating Neha Singh of the ABVP, who secured 8,807 votes. Vikas Choudhary polled 11,855 votes, while Vikas Yadav and Deepak Bansal polled 8,365 and 8,404 votes respectively.

After the results were out, ABVP's presidential candidate Neha Singh alleged that the polls were manipulated.

"More votes have been cast than than the total number of students. There is some manipulation and I will file an RTI to find out what has happened," she said.

Smaller parties that had fielded candidates in DUSU elections failed once again to win any seats, with the two major parties winning all four posts in the Union.

The elections, which took place on Friday, had been marred by heavy rainfall, leading to a dismal turnout.

"We have won the president's post after a 3-year gap. Students of DU have given us the mandate to lead DUSU and we consider this as a major victory," said Hibi Eden, president, NSUI. Low voter turn out due to heavy rains on Friday and other factors including fielding of dummy candidates had resulted in the loss the party suffered in elections to the other posts, he said.

"We had expected to win this election. Low voter turn out due to the rains in colleges where we are strong, led to us losing the presidential post," said Vikas Yadav of ABVP, newly elected secretary.

The results were announced past 1 pm from the elections office at the University.

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