While facing crisis of gathering coalition support NSUI gave the besieged Congress something to smile about, its students wing - National Students Union of India (NSUI) - has bagged three of the four posts in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU). The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the BJP's face on the campus, barely managed a tie with NSUI for joint secretary.
Arun Hooda of NSUI, a student of Law Centre-I, defeated his closest rival of the ABVP, Ankit Dhananjay Choudhary, by a margin of 5,465 for the post of DUSU president, while Varun Khari was declared the new vice president. Varun Chaudhary was elected the secretary. Since there was a tie between NSUI's Raveena Chaudhary and ABVP's Vishu Basoya for the post of joint secretary, the result would now be decided by a lottery.
This is the first major victory of NSUI since its clean sweep in 2007 showed up the ABVP as a bad loser. The RSS-backed ABVP had thumped NSUI in the elections last year bagging three of the four posts. The NSUI could only manage to win the post of president.
Alleging that the candidates backed by National Students' Union of India (NSUI) won the three posts because the Congress government in Delhi and at the Centre used money and muscle power during the election, state secretary of ABVP Rohit Chahal said there was no transparency during the counting. "The candidates were not allowed to see the EVMs. Even the media was not allowed inside the counting centres. Last year, they telecasted the counting on screens, which they didn't do this year,"
Unable to survive the jolt they received after the announcement of result, Its activists went berserk on the campus and indulged in vandalism, alleging rigging, forcing the police to lathi-charge them. Some students who were injured were taken to Hindu Rao hospital while some students who were critically injured were taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre. “It’s not about winning or losing the polls. It’s about the way Delhi Police reacted when our students demanded recounting of votes. I hope DUSU officials look into the matter and do the needful.” said a disappointed Vijay Goyal, BJP Leader.
In what is being regarded as a highly imprudent move, the ABVP is busy gathering public support. They organised a bandth in North Campus.
However this move by the ABVP was also not very successful as classes went on as usual in most colleges, where no reports of ABVP disrupting classes was reported. However, the ABVP activists were able to make their presence felt in colleges like KMC and Ramjas, where the activists stormed into classrooms and demanded that the students leave the classrooms, thereby upsetting normal college routine.
Students to had mixed reaction about this apparent “bandh”. Some thought that it is a move to gain unnecessary attention, while some argued that polls were unjustly conducted. However nothing austere has been done till now.The members of the newly-elected Delhi University students' union had all been served show-cause notices for violating the code of conduct before the polls. A fact-finding committee has finally been formed to look into evidence against the candidates and examine their replies.
in recent development a three-member committee consists of professor Ramesh Gautam, director of Institute of Lifelong Learning and he will also chair the committee; Dr R C Kuhad; and Dr Sunil Sondhi, principal of Maharaja Agrasen College. "It is an independent committee and will decide on the matter," says professor C S Dubey — the chief election officer.
ABVP is unhappy with the committee choice. "We wanted a committee that would be fair. We wanted a retired judge from the Supreme Court or High Court to chair the committee," says Rohit Chahal of ABVP.
It is also learnt through the news papers that the NSUI who lost the students union elections to ABVP in the DAV College at Dehradun has also asked for such an inquiry.