New Delhi: Congress' student wing NSUI on Saturday swept the Delhi University Students Union polls, winning all four posts of president, vice president and secretary. The counting is, however, underway in Jawaharlal Nehru University.

NSUI's Arun Hooda defeated his nearest rival Ankit Dhananjoy Choudhry of ABVP for the post of president by a margin of 5,465 votes.

Hooda polled 17,621 votes against Choudhry's 12,156 votes.

NSUI's Varun Khari defeated ABVP's Gaurav Chaudhary to grab the post of vice president, while Varun Choudhry won the post of secretary by defeating ABVP's Ritu Rana.

The DUSU elections were held on Friday in which around 40 percent polling was reported.

Last year ABVP had won the three posts except the position of president which was bagged by NSUI.

The ABVP alleged rigging in the elections and staged protest at the Delhi University campus.

"It is a wipe out of saffron force in the Delhi University," NSUI spokesperson Amrish Pandey said.

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' UNION (JNUSU)
  • JNU is a citadel of the Left where student elections pitch Students Federation of India (SFI), a student body of CPI (Marxist) against All India Students Association (AISA), the student wing of CPI (Marxist- Leninist)
  • Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat and Sitaram Yechuri are JNU products.
  • After the Lyngdoh committee recommendations, the Supreme Court had imposed ban on JNU student union elections in 2008, three days before the varsity was to observe polling
  • In December 2011, the Apex Court gave a go- ahead for JNUSU elections with relaxed Lyngdoh committee recommendations
  • The elections were conducted in March 2012 after a gap of four years
  • The ultra-left All India Students’ Association (AISA) won JNUSU elections giving clean sweep to SFI- AISF (Student Federation of India- All India Student Federation)
  • AISA has won all four seats in the central panel
  • On 30 August 2012, the newly elected body was dissolved for the fresh elections that were observed on September 14
DELHI UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' UNION (DUSU)
  • DUSU elections, conducted by the university authorities, is considered to be a passage to mainstream national politics
  • DU Students’ Union (DUSU) election has always been a fight between Congress affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) and BJP-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)
  • Renowned politicians Arun Jaitely, Mani Shankar Aiyer, Ajay Maken and Vijay Goel are DU products
  • Lavish poll campaigns and use of money and muscle power were earlier the basic features of DUSU elections. But after the Lyngdoh committee recommendations, such practices were restricted
  • In 2011, ABVP gave a near sweep to NSUI, winning three of the four seats but lost out the prestigious presidential post to Congress’ student wing

JNU

In JNU, around 30 candidates were in fray for the posts of president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary.

JNU, which saw its first election after four years in March this year, once again went to the polls as per recommendations of the Lyngdoh Commission on university elections.

Creative posters of different parties dotted the campus along with posters put up by an anti-Lyngdoh recommendation group, Students For Resistance (SFR), to boycott the elections.

Lyngdoh Committee

The Lyngdoh Committee was set up in 2006 to lay down guidelines for university elections.

Among its various recommendations, the committee puts a Rs.5,000 cap on election expenses per candidate. Printed posters, pamphlets or any other printed material is allowed for canvassing.

JNU & DU

In a campus dominated by leftist student parties like Student Federation of India (SFI), All India Students' Association (AISA), visibly marking their presence were the Congress' student's wing, National Students Union of India (NSUI), and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The Left-affiliated AISA had bagged all the four posts in the last elections.In Delhi University, the real battle is between the ABVP and the NSUI.

Apart from the usual street plays and college visits to garner support, the student outfits took to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to reach out to a wider electorate.

The ban on printed posters failed to deter the candidates and their supporters as they distributed hundreds of hand-printed posters and pamphlets.

JPN/Agencies

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