Not days after the Supreme Court gave Rocky Tuseed of NSUI, permission to contest for the DUSU elections as the presidential candidate, the National Students’ Union of India emerged as winner in the elections for the country’s major student union’s post.
The polls, which were held on Tuesday, saw a mere 43% voter turnout this year. The results were announce on Wednesday amidst much show by the NSUI, who have come back to power after 5 years.
While NSUI bagged the positions of president and vice-president in the union, RSS-backed ABVP got away with those for secretary and joint-secretary.
As NSUI activists celebrated their huge victory, ABVP members seemed unsatisfied with the two secretary positions, and were reported as saying, “we were in the union for four years. These were dirty tricks by the Left and NSUI. The Left put out dummy candidates to help the NSUI win.”
Former DUSU president and Congress leader Ajay Maken congratulated the winners on twitter on winning ‘3 out of four seats’.
This statement by Maken came after the NSUI filed a complaint with the grievance cell of malfunctioning in the counting of votes, as earlier in the day, the election cell had announced NSUI candidate for the post of Joint Secretary victorious, but later reversed the decision. It has threatened to move the High Court if the cell does not respond. Demonstrations are on, and the party hopes to win back the joint secretary post which their candidate Avinash Yadav lost to ABVP’s Uma Shankar by 342 votes.
The NSUI victory comes at a time when the Left has stood out victorious even in JNU. In the Student union elections of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the NSUI turned out victorious over its arch rival- the ABVP and other parties and took away all the four seats to its name.
These results come in the wake of recent protests launched by the ABVP, when Ramjas College invited Umar Khalid as Guest speaker on their literature festival. Students fear the RSS policies inherited in the ABVP, which was the leading party in DUSU for the past four years.