Sunday, September 16, 2012

NSUI bags 3 of 4 DUSU posts, cheers up Congress

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/NSUI-bags-3-of-4-DUSU-posts-cheers-up-Congress/articleshow/16415875.cms

NEW DELHI: Giving the beleaguered Congresssomething 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.

Neither the cloud of corruption, nor the hike in diesel prices seemed to have made any difference. Registering one of its best wins in recent times, NSUI claimed the posts of president, vice-president and secretary in the results declared on Saturday.

The first major victory of NSUI since its clean sweep in 2007 showed up the ABVP as a bad loser. Its activists went berserk on the campus and indulged in vandalism, alleging rigging, forcing the police to lathi-charge them. The ABVP has now called for an indefinite bandh from Monday if the authorities fail to order a probe into the results.

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. Hooda said he would work to improve the basic infrastructure in the varsity.

Focus on campus issues did the trick

After NSUI won three of the four posts in the Delhi University Students Union beating the ABVP on Saturday, its spokesperson Amrish Ranjan Pandey said the "saffron safaya" had happened primarily because they concentrated on DU issues. "We worked towards improving the campus life of students and fought for their rights. The photocopy issue also struck a chord with the students," he said.

NSUI's candidate from Campus Law Centre for the DU vice-president's post, Varun Khari, won by a margin of 4,475 while Varun Chaudhary won the post of secretary by a margin of 2,617. For the post of joint secretary, there is a tie between Raveena Choudhary of NSUI and Vishu Basoya of ABVP, the first in DUSU elections ever - each has polled 13,164 votes.

With ABVP left licking its wounds after one of its worst defeats, there are warning bells ringing for the BJP. In the previous two DUSU elections, ABVP had won three posts and even the Congress - as admitted by chief minister Sheila Dikshit - didn't expect this spectacularperformance.

"Despite so many adverse factors like corruption and price rise, if ABVP loses like this, it's time for the BJP to do some serious introspection. We are facing big elections soon. All factors are against the government and still we lose. Probably the poll managers and candidates failed to put up relevant issues among students. The senior leadership should have been involved instead of putting relatively unknown faces in charge of the elections," said Delhi BJP vice-president Poonam Azad, indicating dissensions within the party.

NSUI considers this to be one of its biggest wins. "Our efforts to address issues directly impacting DU students have paid off," said national vice-president of NSUI, Bharat Kumar.

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